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. Brett

    All you anti 2nd amendment types out there just keep on dialing 911 ... with it's average 11 minute response time (assuming they get out of the car). They'll be there in time to draw the chalk line around your body and put up the crime scene tape.

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

      Ok so your anti-law enforcement , got it

      January 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • CPD

      You are an idiot!

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

      Im curious if you read what you posted? Maybe you can explain exactly what the homeowner was suppose to have done and how the 2nd Amendment applies?? What IS scary is pro-2nd Amendment types like yourself who entire knowledge of what is in the amendment doesnt go much beyond knowing its the 2nd one in the list.

      January 19, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Teo

      What a twit you are! A bloody naked man knocks on your door and you'd probably blast the poor guy through the door since he's interrupted your movie and now he's scaring your big bad self and your 357 widow maker! Oh you gun nuts really are such complete chickens. Had a neighbor, seemingly nice guy, but he would not walk the distance between my house and his without his gun. I came home from work one day to find the front yard crawling with police. He was in custody, they were carrying out arms full of automatic weapons and carting off numerous 55 gallon drums full of ammo and gunpowder. Turned out he was a militia man somehow involved with the Oklahoma city bombing, discovered by the investigation of that event. The Federal guys told us that had those barrels gone up in a house fire the entire city block would be a smoking crater. My neighbor was a heavy smoker who passed away after we taxpayers payed for a couple bypass surgeries while he was in custody. I don't have any sympathy for a bullpucky second amendment argument by a person so terrified of the world that he's got to carry a weapon to his front door !

      February 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amused

      You probably don't realize that owning a gun makes you 4 times more likely to be shot than a person with no guns in their house... statistics show that owning a gun DOES NOT make you any safer but it DOES make you more likely to shoot an innocent person! I glad I don't live next to YOU...

      February 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. EmeraldCity

    Bloody handprints on the door? The police would be hard pressed to come up with a solid reason as to why they didn't scour that neighborhood after seeing those prints. And if they searched the yard with flashlights, they too should've seen those prints and blood smears.

    Also scary is the idea that the man came from the woods behind and was a victim of crime. If that is the case, who else was also possibly a victim and where are they at right now?

    Lawsuit city. And rightfully so.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • twigg77

      Where does it say that he came from the woods?

      January 23, 2011 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Roo2you

      @ lori...if I were hurt or beaten, I would not hide. Who is going to find me if I am hiding?? Stay in open where people can see you and then someone will help or call for help. "out of sight, out of mind"

      January 29, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. steve harnack

    What a paranoid society! Home invasions happen to probably less than 1 in 100,000 but everyone thinks that the boogie man is right outside their door. The most lethally armed people in the world and they sit cowering behind locked doors when the sun goes down. This is the land of the locked in their rooms and the home of the cowering.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gerald

      I totally agree with your comment. Now imagine life as a black man out at night minding your own business and knowing how fearful people are of you as you move about. I would be the first person to come to someone's aid in a time of need.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ViolaB

      I suppose when we see stories like this we become a 'little' more mindful of our safety...

      January 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • OverThe Noise

      Thank you ViolaB! Well done!

      January 18, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Graced

      So we should all assume we're not going to be that one in 10,000? Oh, and btw...if someone knocks on my door at midnight, and it's not the cops or firefighters...I don't answer the door either. I'm not risking my family because you've made up a statistic to make those of us who live in crime-ridden cities feel like turds for not doing enough. I'll call through the door that I'm calling 911. If they need the police, they'll wait. If they're in it for the wrong reason, they'll leave.

      January 19, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Mobius

      You can throw out statistics all you want but I used to live in Columbus. In the year and a half I lived there there were several home invasions within a mile of where I lived. One was in the same apartment complex 50 feet from my door. The guy was killed. My brother's apartment was broken into twice while he was home and one of those times his stuff was loaded into his car and driven away. His neighbor had called the cops and was told that he(my brother) had to call himself. You better believe we owned guns after that and didn't rely on the cops anymore.

      January 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      It's a proven fact that 67% of statistics are made up.

      January 25, 2011 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
    • MJ

      My doorbell rang last month. I peeped out the peephole and the guy was HUGE and I had to make a quick decision to either say nothing so he wouldn't know I was a home-alone female, or call through the door and tell him I'm not interested in whatever he's "selling". I decided to ignore him and hope he went away. He didn't. He kicked my door in. So people... use care when answering the door. The homeowner did the right thing. The police dropped the ball.

      January 25, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CPD

    You cop bashers are bunch of idiots, get over yourself, you are probably the type the officers arrest.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • BobbyC

      Yeah, right after they've scarfed their donut!

      January 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zeke

      Infull agreement with the porchlight being on and calling 911

      January 27, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
    • buffy420

      If more Police officers weren't such cops it wouldn't be a problem. I've seen good policemen and I value them but to be completly honest those guys are not the norm. Most cops are parked somewhere writting up speeders. How many of these Cops are out there fighting the rising levels of crime? HOw many are investigating the crackheads and meth addicts who are breaking into our homes to get cash for their habbits? Where are they when 'Ol Cletus is beating on his wife? Where are they when naked bleeding men are roaming around?

      January 31, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Michael

    With all of the police and fire departments, get ready folks this will be the norm. There wont be enough police to investigate anything that isnt happening real time. There wont be enough fire fighters to put out a brush fire. All to save city budgets from the real truth, the over-paid city leadership!

    January 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's okay to bash cops but don't call on them when you need them.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • EmeraldCity

      Yes, because cops are always the cream of the crop in society, right? Never child molesters, never get friends off the hook (as in a recent Florida case where a cop tampered with/hindered his friend's hild molestation investigation), are never take payoffs. Get real.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Darcy

    I am usually 100% behind law enforcement but this case certainly seems to be a major fail on the part of the responding officers. Bloody handprints on the door? How did they miss that and if they did see it, why wasn't a better investigation done? I suspect these officers are going to be looking for a new line of work soon.
    The homeowner did the right thing. You can't open your door to a knock at midnight without knowing who is on the other side. Geesh – this isn't the 1950's anymore. It's the same if you see someone who needs help on the roadside – you DON'T stop – you call 911 and let them handle it. It's not about being afraid, it's about using common sense to keep yourself and your family safe.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John Mark

    they could use the handprints on the door for DNA to identify the guy.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gman

      If there's not enough blood on the door, they could always look at the body i suppose... Should also note the amount of snow in the picture and the fact that they were naked. No wonder they went for the shed...

      January 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • lindadoright

      The decease individuals DNA would have to be in the CODIS database in order to make an identification. If it is indeed a bloody handprint, hopefully it was not destroyed and if possible the body could be identified through fingerprints, which is much quicker.

      January 19, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • bystander

      What do they need the handprint for??? They have the BODY...with the blood...and fingerprints.

      January 23, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. Gabrielle

    It is a sad state that the police can't use there flashlights and follow the blood, who knows he might have been saved if he hadn't died from blood loss and exposure to the cold..

    January 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obi Won

      Its a sad state when people don't know the difference between "there", "their" and "they're"

      January 31, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. Melissa

    This man is NOT a coward! He did the right thing. If the police had done their job and found the man alive, you would be calling him a hero! Stop it with the double standards! Oh, and the comment about not being very "Christian" is absurd. You would have done the same, especially if you could not see who was knocking at your door. Get over your holy roller self and get a clue...

    January 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Agreed. I can't help but think that if this were an article about a guy who opened his door to a stranger in the middle of the night and got slaughtered, the comments would all be incenuating what an idiot he was for opening the door.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle Lawler

      To Melissa, if you can't trust the cops in ALL neighborhoods, what's the use of putting your family at risk. The older man had no idea who was knocking. He was right to call 911. The police were wrong for not even investigating the door and the porch. It will b interesting to see how this turns out!

      January 19, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
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      January 20, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bartender79

    Ya I've had my dealings with lazy police. My bestfriend made a 911 call and since noone answered the door the cops left, knowing there had been previous domestic assults to her. The next 911 call came from her then 11 and 13 year old daughters who walked in and found her mom and dad dead due to gsw. What the heck is our tax money being used for? I sure hope it's not the gas for the lazy police officers to just drive around.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katelyn

      Jeez, that's terrible, I'm sorry...

      January 19, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jan

    Why didn't the homeowner ask who it was? Doesn't he have a front porch light and could look through a peep hole? How does he know that someone wasn't in danger and ran to a neighbor's house for help? You should keep some lights on anyway so no robber thinks it's vacant, or those sensor lights.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      I also that that was odd. You'd think the injured man would have called out that he was injured and asked for help. (Assuming he was capable of speech, but if he was capable of walking and knocking, you'd think he could talk.) I'm totally not blaming the homeowner here (because I wouldn't have answered the door not knowing who it was either), but I'm not sure which scenario seems less likely: that the injured man didn't declare himself in need of help or that he did ask for help and the homeowner refused.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. James

    sounds supernatural to me.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    A similar instance of police incompetence happened this past year in Cleveland when two cops were sent to look for someone injured on a freeway. They drove past and called it in as a deer carcass. Turned out it was a dead woman's body. These cops should be flogged, drawn and quartered.

    And I am a cop.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gilligan

    I love our boyz in blue but this is not surprising. There was a car parked outside my house with engine running for an hour (around the same time a spate of burglaries were happening in the area). Despite numerous calls to 911 the police never showed up..(a year later and I'm still waiting)! Another time I called 911 to report a car doing 90+MPH passing on the shoulder with a fake siren and flashing lights – the 911 operator told me to call back when I have a real emergency and hung up on me!

    January 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave


      About that car passing on the shoulder with a fake siren and flashing lights...what is a fake siren? Either it's a siren or it isn't. But I know what you meant, so let me ask what made you think it wasn't a real police car? I used to drive an all-white slick top cruiser (no lightbar on top) with a siren (a real one) and flashers on the dash, rear deck, etc., and there are plenty of unmarked police cars like that in Ohio. So why was the one you saw fake?

      January 18, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gilligan

      Then you tell me – It was a mid 90's light fading blue nissan maxima with a barely audible tinny siren and mini blue/red/white strobes mounted in the headlight/grill area. If it was a cop car it was personally equipped in his garage.

      January 18, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gilligan

      Oh and by the way, I called all three jurisductions (two local, one sheriff) and none of them had such a vehicle (at least that they would or could admit to)...

      January 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      Could have been a volunteer firefighter on his way to a fire or to the station , happens here all the time

      January 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
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