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. adam recht

    wow thats very unfortunate and i feel terrible for that poor man. at the same time its noones fault realy. the guy was obviously too scared to open the door. maybe he is an older gentleman. i personaly wouldv answered the door because im 26, 210 pounds, dont have kids and wouldv come to the door armed with my handgun. but thats me and u cant hold it against people for worrying about their own safety or their families safety. i know lots of people who would not have opened the door and they are not cowards in any way. im sure the man feels very bad for not opening the door and he will think about it for the rest of his life. lets just hope that they can find out what went on that night with this poor guy

    January 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Thomas

    Wow, such a short article and some people still don't understand "Hoover called 911 but police could not find anyone, the station reported. Bloody handprints were visible on Hoover's door in the morning." So the cops were called at night after the owner heard the knocking, and I guess the cops were sleep-walking or blind because they couldn't see/notice bloody handprints on the door? What did the homeowner still have Halloween decorations up? I feel sorry for the guy who suffered & died, and worry about the nut case on the loose that presumably did this to him.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. john doe

    zombies come out in the winter?

    January 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BB

    Opinions are like a**holes, everybody has one!

    January 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cora

      ...and they usually stink! 😀

      All this debate over this is silly. It will eventually work itself out. But it seems we're forgetting something: the man who died has a family somewhere that is wondering what's happened to him. We should, instead of trying to find someone to blame, be thinking about them and if this debate over who's to blame in the situation is really important, in the grand scheme of life.

      January 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bhappy2

    Hoover behaved correctly when he called the police. And the police, having no idea that an injured person was involved, probably responded in a normal fashion and dismissed it as a prank or a possible burglary attempt. The police would not have searched around in the dark since no crime was committed and assumed that whoever knocked on the door left the immediate area. It is a sad situation, but there is no one to blame.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. EmeraldCity

    Never trust CNN to give all of the details. Always read other news sources as well:

    "Other residents of Covina Drive, on the West Side, said they also were awakened shortly after midnight by the man, who ran from house to house begging to be let in from the freezing cold and leaving bloody smudges on doors and houses as he went."

    January 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • THX

      I was wondering why no one else's door was knocked on. Though this info makes it even more tragic. A guy suffers some sort of emergency and can't get any help anywhere. Straight out of a horror movie.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. xerarch

    As usual, CNN gives us about 10% of the information needed to make sense of this story:

    1) The cops were called, and came, in the middle of the night, but couldn't find anyone? Does this mean that the "bloody handprints" and the "footsteps in the snow" weren't there yet, or did the cops just miss them? How far could a naked, bloodied man wander in the snow without leaving a trace, anyway?

    2) How do we know it was the victim and not the perpetrator that knocked on the door in the middle of the night? The article says that the neighbor couldn't see anyone, but that doesn't mean they didn't hear, or even speak to, someone. Why wasn't the neighbor interviewed?

    3) Why is there no description at all of the victim, other than that he is a man, and was naked and bloodied? Age? Ethnicity? Hair/Eye color? Isn't someone out there bound to be missing someone else, and need a description to identify if this is their loved one?

    Thanks for the abstract, once again CNN. Try giving us the whole story sometime, and that doesn't include cutting and pasting all the previous abstracts underneath the newest version. This isn't exactly rocket science.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anon

    Are OJ's whereabouts accounted for?

    January 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Obvious Vampire Attack

    Ohio Representative John Boehner:

    – His home is less than 100 miles from the crime scene
    – He has no alibi for the night of the attack
    – He has a deep tan, yet has never been photographed in daylight
    – He is very emotional and cries a lot, a well known vampire trait.
    – Some experts have said the orange makeup is to protect him from sunlight exposure, as he would crumble to dust if sunlight got to him.
    – His favorite drink is a Bloody Mary.

    All coincidence? I think not

    January 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. confused

    the person found dead was destine to die, it was his time to go people, end of story.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sad in Columbus

    The sad truth is the homeowner called the police for help, the police did nothing more than drive through the neighborhood. People in that neighborhood say they never got out of the car to investigate. The homeowner did his own investigating in the morning and found the victim. My guess is this guy’s family will try to sue Columbus Police Dept. for wrongful death since he more than likely would be in the hospital today instead of the morgue if the police were not so lazy. Then next year the us Columbus homeowners can expect a tax increase to cover all the lawsuits that they settle for not doing what police are hired to do – serve and protect. Means more than writing traffic citations boys and girls!!!!

    January 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • fearlessdude

      The police is here to protect the police and possibly the politicians. Protecting the public is incidental.

      January 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • specter

      Basic police work fail

      January 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rebecca

      the police do not even protect the people. if you tell the police that someone plans to rob your house they don't do anything.. until it actually happens. They punish. thats when they get their paychecks

      January 18, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wilson

      Very True to your write up. the norm when the cops are called they go the the persons house that called first and then start to look around... Did they not see the bloddy handprints on the door or the foot steps?? red on white snow is very easy to see even in the dark, and so are foot steps Cops ..... do they really pay attention to anything.... apparently not. in my past interactions with the cops, the ones at night could give to s*$!t less about what goes on.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      yep, good ol columbus police to warm and cozy to get OFF THEIR ASSES and earn their wages. and to that, I will smoke a bowl, right across from police headqtrs.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Becca

      It is a real shame that this had to happen. I do know for a fact that there are a few officers that do care but very few. SO if there is one that cares on a shift that one may not be sent out to your house when called. No excuse for this to have happened and someone will end up having to pay here. A man is dead when he may have been found before he was dead. I feel for his family.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brittany

      I'm a little confused. The police call consisted of someone saying an unknown person was knocking on their door – so their concern was that someone was outside and either needed help or were there for some type of criminal reason. The police that responded on the very basic level would only be required to drive the area. If they went to the location and no one was standing at the front door, then they would drive the block to see if that subject had walked anywhere. If nothing was seen on the street they really aren't required to go any further. You act as if police knew for a fact someone was in some type of danger and decided to not investigate further. The initial call was simple and the way the police responded is what is expected of them.
      I'm not someone who believes all law enforcement is just, however, I don't think you sitting on CNN writing about how all police are lazy is ridiculous. The next time you have some type of emergency I'm sure you'll be the first one to pick up the phone and dial 911 and who will be there? What is your alternative for law enforcement?

      January 19, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
    • lindadoright

      @ Brittany. You are making excuses. Blood on the door knob and footprints and blood in the snow. The 911 call wasn't that simple.

      January 19, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      To Dave:
      The sad part is, they'd probably rather bust your butt for smoking a little pot than investigate something that might prevent someone from losing thier life.

      January 19, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • outawork

      He should have used the magic word – donuts!!! They would been there and out of their car in minutes.

      January 19, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Dont know what place all of you are in but here and in every other city I have lived in when I called the police they came. Also if (if) the police came, as the homeowner is quoted as saying they did, and they did not find the blood trail it seems likely that it was difficult to find in the night - I say this because the owner of the house did not find it until daylight. Speaking for myself, I appreciate the police for working in an environment that is clearly risky and potential dangerous. However like EVERY person here who commented, if I have a problem such as this guy did I call the police. If you depend on them so instinctively its a little bit ingenious to generalize how terrible they are.

      January 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deej

      Up in Cleveland, several motorists called 911 to report a dead woman on the side of the interstate. Cops finally showed up after about a half dozen calls. Cops drove past the location once at 50 mph, never stopped to check it out, reported back to dispatch that it was a dead deer and to have animal control pick it up. When animal control got there, it was immediatly obvious that it was a dead woman. Autopsy showed that she was not dead when she was dumped there hours earlier.

      January 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unanimous

      You are correct, FearlessDude, unflinchingly correct.

      Let US all now stand and do our job. Let the men and women who serve and protect US feel everyday the chill they experienced while they swore before God and man to do so.

      January 23, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • jeannie

      That's very true. Wow someone who actually thinks. That is how this country works, thats is how cival servants get a pay check. The same way the government taxes cigs and booze constantly. This is a part of how our country operates and when you factor in all the people that come here to suck off America's teet (I like that) it is just one massive mess.

      January 24, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • knez011

      Very well written. Could not agree more...

      January 25, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave Kan

      I wondered, reading this story- if true- what have matters come to- that a Columbus citizen could not call the ready and willing Police Department (Chief of Police Walter L. Distelzweig) to assist another Columbus citizen (proper or improper is irrelevant- the matter is- he breathed his last in Columbus).

      Perhaps, your office (the office of the Mayor) can share your perspectives on the basics of humanity and citizenship with the people of Columbus. I am sure that you (Mayor, Columbus, Ohio) know of the recent event in Washington, DC, where a citizen was assaulted at 7:00pm in a metro station and other citizens took videos. All of us, I think, can benefit from such periodic education- as the world, it seems, is bent on creating walls and moats between individuals.

      January 27, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter Leclair

      Once again the response of police lacks any justification and the duty they are suppose to perform.Its quite obvious that if bloody prints are found on the door in the daylight,it tells me that the man was probably suffering from hypothermia and maybe stab wounds or gunshot wounds. Is it common sense for police to use flashlights when it is dark outside and when 911 is called the police are to investigate the scene someone has died and somewhere out there a family is grieving while officials make excuses as to why this has happened.Go out and bye some more coffee for your thermos and the dozen donuts are the rewards given for doing your job.NOT. The real possibility that a life may have been saved but they had to wait till morning to nsee bloody prints on the door ,Pathetic and disheartening.

      January 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlotte

      For those saying that the police did not do thier job lets take a look at this: was the porch light on? This call was made at night, so unless the guys blood was glowing, they would not have seen it. With no light on, or no one standing outside, a drive by is standard. The homeowner was afriad to open the door, I get that...but they didn't look out a window, or hear the person calling for help?? Did the homeowner call out to them? Ask what was wrong or if they needed assistance? So before you point fingers, lets take a look at the entire situation.

      February 1, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • questions?

      wondering what exactly was said on the 911 call ? anyone know?

      February 6, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kiler

    The police couldn't find the man, apparently because they don't carry FLASHLIGHTS. The homeowner, with no investigative skills, easily tracked him in the light of day. Well done, boys in blue.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BroadCasting

    It's his door and he is under no obligation to answer it or open it. It was generous of him to call the police.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lori

      Wow! I hope you never need help and those around you wouldn't even call the PD!

      January 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • SDTangler

      And legally, if I saw you laying in a ditch, I don't have to lift a finger to help you.

      But, the difference between you and I is this: I couldn't walk by someone without rendering aid. I would help a fellow human being because it's morally right. People like you hide behind the law because your either too fearful or too lazy to do the right thing.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • CasualObs

      How very compassionate conservative of you. You left off the part about how he got what he deserved since as a self made man you would have handled it yourself without looking for assistance no matter how much you were bleeding or incapacitated.

      January 19, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Katelyn

      I'd definitely stop to help someone who's hurt or in need of help in a safer situation, but this specific situation sounds pretty scary..
      If I couldn't see who was knocking on my door, I wouldn't open it in the middle of the night either.
      Straight from a horror movie.

      January 19, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • RichardHead80

      I don't know what kind of candyland some of these people live in , but here, if I'm not expecting company I sure as hell dont get the door after dark without my Mossberg, or not at all.

      January 22, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Sheri

      That naked man covered in blood standing at your door needing your help in the middle of the night. It was a test. Failed.

      January 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      Thats crap! as a human being you are obligated to help your fellow man

      January 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      2 words "porch light "

      January 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      Yes because we know criminals allways knock before entering !

      January 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter Leclair

      Maybe one day you might be in distress and no one calls to help you.Typical response.

      January 31, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bloody man

      I kept asking for help, but they guy said I would mess up his carpet

      February 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ray Jackson, MS

    Fire the police that responded. They obviously didn't do a proper investigation.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Alex

    Something does not jive with the story! If he was hurt why would he go to a shed in the neighboors backyard!
    wouldn't he go to the front door?

    January 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      He did go to the front door but the homeowner couldn't see him and wouldn't open the door (presumably rightfully concerned for his own safety). Seems that the victim then went to the shed to get some sort of shelter. He was hurt badly enough to have died from his injuries so not everything is going to "jive" if he was in terrible shape.

      January 18, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lori

      Ummm.... he was probably hurt maybe even beaten maybe in the head since there was blood! He was probably seeking shelter the shed probably looked pretty good who knows maybe someone was looking for him to finish the job! I know I would be trying to get out of the weather or hide!

      January 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • NewsOrGossip

      That's what I said. This story doesn't make sense. What if Hoover is the murderer whose trying to stage the incident? Or the Owner of the house with the shed is the Murderer? That naked man came from inside Hoover's house...look at that snow!!! Why else would he be walking around naked? Back to Hoover: Why can't he see the person knocking at his door...could he not look through the peep hole in the door or through a window? Why because the bloody man came from inside his house! Hoover found a Hand print on his door? There should be more than that on the door if the man is knocking....there should be bloody knuckle or fist prints? Why a hand print? NO! This is staged by Hoover! Anyway, I hope that the CSI team can do their job and find real answers!

      January 31, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
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