Deontae Mitchell Abduction Suspect Arrested; Body Found on Detroit’s East Side

By Andrew Simontacchi, Epoch Times
June 2, 2016 12:43 pm Last Updated: June 3, 2016 1:40 pm

UPDATE: The body found on Detroit’s east side has been confirmed to be Deontae Mitchell’s by both his family and medical examiners. Full story here.

13-year-old Deontae Mitchell of Detroit, Mich., was missing since 10:30 p.m. on May 31. He was last seen riding a bicycle with his cousin when it was reported that he was abducted outside of a market on the city’s East side.

According to a Click On Detroit report, the cousin told the Detroit Police Department that Mitchell had picked up money from a drunk man who had been urinating outside the market. Shortly after, Mitchell and his cousin left on their bikes, but as they were riding off, a black man driving a dark colored Chevrolet Impala with a loud muffler got out and abducted Mitchell at gunpoint.

Police instantly issued an AMBER Alert and gained the help of the FBI. 

Through surveillance footage from the market, police identified the man as 45-year-old Gregory Walker armed with a .22 caliber pistol, and deemed him “armed and dangerous.” 

Later on June 1, police obtained footage showing the entire abduction, which shows Walker stopping and grabbing Mitchell, placing him into the dark colored Chevy.

Just hours after releasing the surveillance video, Walker was found and arrested at a hotel in Toledo, Ohio.

Then, during the early morning hours on June 2, the Detroit Police Department announced that they discovered a “young black man’s body” not far from where Mitchell was abducted, stressing however, that they have not confirmed yet that the body was Mitchell’s. 

During the same press conference to announce the arrest of Walker and the discovery of body, police identified two more men believed to be involved in the abduction—Roy Portis and Ernest Coleman.

Mitchell was last seen wearing a bright green Nautica shirt, gray jogging pants, and black gym shoes. He is 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 86 pounds. Detroit Police Chief James Craig has asked that anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Detroit police at (313) 596-5521.

Updates to come as more information becomes available.