Bloody, naked body found in Ohio shed
Police in Columbus, Ohio, investigate the discovery of a bloodied, naked man in a garden shed Monday.
January 18th, 2011
11:22 AM ET

Bloody, naked body found in Ohio shed

Police in Columbus, Ohio, are trying to identify and retrace the final hours of a naked, bloody man found dead in a backyard garden shed.

Someone had knocked on neighbor Dennis Hoover's door at midnight, but Hoover refused to open the door because he couldn't see the man, he told CNN affiliate WBNS-TV.

Hoover called 911 but police could not find anyone, the station reported. Bloody handprints were visible on Hoover's door in the morning.

After daylight, Hoover followed footprints in the snow into a neighbor's yard, where he discovered the bloodied body in the shed.

"He was covered (in blood). It looked like he went through a briar patch," Hoover told WBNS. "Just scratched all up."

Investigators were hoping an autopsy would tell them who the man was and how he was injured.

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  1. Bill

    Ohio is safe – the Gays can't get married. Keep the gays in check – all else falls into place.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terri

      What has that got to do with the price of tomatoes?? Again why chose Ohio to live? Uh let's start with ignorance!!

      January 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. subfuzion

    If someone knocks on your door at midnight and you don't see anyone there, you call 911.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hellooooo, anyone there

    Maybe the bloody handprints on the door were from the person who killed the man and put him in the shed. The actual murderer. Did anyone stop to think of that?

    Why assume that the handprints are of the 'injured' man in the shed?

    January 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Because this is the real world and not CSI Miami.

      January 18, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • myklds

      "When there's a crime everybody is a suspect."

      January 18, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. George Jetson

    Come on, do you really expect the Columbus PD to walk around in the snow at night with no Tim Hortons in sight.....

    January 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lady Jane

      LOL!!! That is so sad but true. They never even got out of their car to look and see what was going on. Local news already interviewed people living on that street, and they confirmed that the cops didn't get out of their car. The cops that responded to that call should be charged with a crime and go to jail. Had they even went up to the guys door, they would have seen the bloody hand prints.

      I would never open my door to a stranger at midnight, but I would at least ask him what he needed & let him know that I called the police to assist him. Why the homeowner didn't even do that is beyond me. Had he just taken a few extra moments to assess the situation, that man might not have had to die a painful, lonely death.

      January 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ladylon

      Lady Jane,

      I find it hard to believe that people around the neighborhood could possibly know if the police got out of their car. This was around midnight. If all those people knew what was going on outside, then surely at least one of them must have seen a naked, bloodied man roaming around.

      Of course, I can't see how they wouldn't have seen the bloody handprints, but I don't think it's fair to make accusations at this point.

      I just hope they are able to figure it all out.....

      January 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sunshine

    I hope we hear the final outcome of this sad situation.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Luna

    How sad. I hope this story is followed up on and we're not left to imagine what happened to this man.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kenyon daniels

    It is sad to know a person was in danger and didnt get the help. 🙁

    January 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      It doesn't sound as if he asked for help from this article. Maybe he wasn't in a coherent enough state. It kind of reminds me of Dahmer's victim who escaped naked from his apartment, the police actually arrived but he was so drugged he couldn't speak for himself...& they just left him there.

      January 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. asdfa

    Definitely on the cops here. They came, didn't see any blood or footprints and took off for the warmth of their waiting cruiser.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mark

    Seems to me the police didn't really seem too inclined to search for anyone when they were called in the middle of the night (when the guy's door was knocked on). If the bloddy hand print was on the door in the light of the morning, it was on the door at night when the cops were called. Outstanding police work here may have cost a man his life.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Reanna

    I dont understand..why didnt the police use flashlights to check the door or footprints? Didn the neighbor have a porch light? And if the police didnt even show up til morning, that was stupidity on their part for sure. If they dont show up til morning, what good are they?

    January 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. woodstock728

    I said don't call me shirely !

    January 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jim

    Yeah, you're about as much a retired cop as I am a retired neurosurgeon!

    January 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DeeDee

    I would not open my door at midnight for someone that I could not see. The police certainly could have done a better job. Here in Rochester NY they would have at the very least come to my door to tell me they did not find anything and at that point would have found the bloddy handprints and would have started a search right then. I have seen our local PD respond to calls in our neighborhood and they are handled much better that what I am reading about iin Columbus. I would not feel very safe if that was the kind of response I got from the police department.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tricia

    That's so sad.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. myklds

    The Police had just UNDERSTIMATED the situation while they must have been taken it SERIOUSLY.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
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