Decomposing body found in Detroit park may be former DPD officer missing for two weeks

A decomposing bod found in a Detroit park on Thursday is believed to be the remains of missing former Detroit police officer Stephon Hodo, Police Chief James White said on Thursday. 

A decomposing body was found discovered at Stoepel Park on the west side Thursday afternoon. During an update on an unrelated story Thursday afternoon, White was asked about the scene and if the remains were Hodo. He said they're still investigating and awaiting the medical examiner's ruling but believe the remains are Hodo's.

Former Detroit police officer Stephon Hodo.

Former Detroit police officer Stephon Hodo.

"We don't know. We're going to let the medical examiner do their evaluation and see if we can identify the body that we found. Sadly, a lot of things are pointing to that it may in fact be our retired police officer," White said.

The chief said this has been a very tragic week and asked people to keep the department in their prayers.

White said the suspect in the case shouldn't have even been on the street. 

Hodo had been missing since his car and guns were used in shootings by his neighbor two weeks ago.

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"The suspect we took into custody is a neighbor with our retired police officer, so we have that car with our suspect, and we are still looking for our former officer," Assistant Detroit Police Chief Charles Fitzgerald said.

After the shootings DPD executed a search warrant at Hodo's home, where police say it looked like a struggle occurred - and next door at his neighbor’s – the shooter who police have in custody.  

Fitzgerald said police were looking for Hodo for his own protection.