DETROIT (WJBK) - The family of Douglas Calhoun got the news that they've been dreading for weeks on Wednesday. Their brother, son, and cousin was the body that was found in a container in Detroit earlier this morning.
Friends and family identified the badly decomposed body that was discovered in a sealed barrel inside an abandoned home on Detroit's west side on July 7. The beloved chef and Marine disappeared June 1st after a night out with friends.
Detroit Police Detective James McDonald said he was committed to finding Calhoun, no matter how long it took.
"I told the family that I was going to do everything I can to find their loved one, regardless of how many hours it'd take," McDonald said.
Calhoun's SUV was later found abandoned, along with fraudulent activity on his credit cards. In July, investigators discovered what has now been identified as Calhoun's remains on Greydale near Outer Drive, which is also in the Brightmoor area.
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Despite the grisly discovery, there may be some sense of relief. After over 100 hours of working and searching, Detroit Police now have a suspect already behind bars.
"He turned from a person of interest to a suspect - and that was just through many man hours of police work," McDonald said.
Police say a tip led them to this vacant home and tips also helped in their investigation of that person of interest, who they say has a criminal past and has been uncooperative. Police would not comment on whether this was random or if Calhoun may have been targeted.
However, they did say that they did not know each other.
The suspect is only described as a black man in his 20s and police say he had been arrested June 22nd for a bench warrant out of Lansing. He remains in their custody.
"I'm very confident (in the suspect). My investigation and the evidence is pointing towards this suspect," McDonald said.
Calhoun's sister tells Fox 2 the news is too devastating and her family. She was simply too upset to speak Wednesday.
According to her Facebook page, Calhoun will finally be laid to rest once official charges are filed.
"I just want to tell them just hang on and we're almost done with this," McDonald said.
Detroit police say the suspect cannot be charged until the manner and cause of Calhoun's death is determined. They say, unfortunately, that could take weeks.