Ohio State troopers confirm identity of Melvindale man's body found in sleeping bag along I-75

Posted at 2:01 PM, Oct 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-07 10:42:53-04

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has positively identified the body of the Melvindale man found along I-75 on Oct. 1. 

According to troopers, an Ohio Department of Transportation worker discovered a sleeping bag with the remains of 39-year-old David D. Carter inside near the 149 milepost in Eagle Township. 

The worker immediately called police. 

Melvindale Police contacted the Ohio State Patrol after receiving a law enforcement bulletin. Police said the bulletin contained information matching the description of a missing person. 

DNA testing later confirmed the match, according to troopers. 

The investigation into Carter's death is ongoing. 

Carter's family plans to hold a balloon release in his honor on Monday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. The vigil will take place at the Melvindale Practice Field in McGinty Park off Allen Road and Coleman Street. 

Family asks attendees to bring red and white balloons and candles.