Missing Hamtramck man's body found burned in Detroit

- The body of missing 30-year-old Jason Kudla was found burned in a vacant home Sunday and identified Thursday evening.

News of his son's death takes Larry Kudla from a place of hope to his worst fears.

"My heart is broken in ways you can't imagine. I don't have any children left. I'll never have any grandchildren, and I really don't know what's next," Larry said.

His son went missing on Sunday, storming away from a group of friends in Hamtramck.


This prompted his dad to go looking for him and he pleaded with viewers for answers.

The tragic truth came on Thursday that his son's body had been found in Detroit not far from where he was last seen.

Larry says his son lived a troubled life, battling a heroin addiction.

"Jason admitted to me that he was using for years. He didn't tell me how many years. The rehab was about 90 days," he said.

He even witnessed his son overdose on the drug as recently as a couple weeks ago.

"(He was) a very independent person ... so that independence caused him to be susceptible to re-use again," Larry said.

He's not sure what events led to his death and is holding on hope for more answers.

"Anybody that saw him, saw him with someone, getting a ride with someone - we would really like that information reported to the authorities," Larry said.

Police were called to the 13500 block of Dean on Sunday morning and the found a burned body, later identified as Jason by the medical examiner.

No cause of death has been determined so it’s being investigated as a homicide.

A visitation will be held from 1-9 p.m. Wednesday and the funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday at David J. Wysocki Funeral Home, 29440 Ryan Road in Warren, Mich.

The funeral home can be reached at (586) 574-1770 for any questions.

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