LAKEWOOD, Ohio (WJW) – We are learning more about the circumstances that may have led to the disappearance and death of a Lakewood man.
Cleveland Police say two days after 47-year-old Victor Huff went missing, police were called to the area of Train and Richner Avenues on the report of a body wrapped in a tarp. Police say when they arrived they found a decomposing body.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner determined Huff has been shot multiple times.
“It’s a very unusual case, difficult to put together, but the Lakewood Police Department is working with the Cleveland Police Department right now to try to piece together the events,” said Lakewood Police Capt. Gary Stone.
According to police, Huff’s wife had been trying to reach him on the day he disappeared, but his phone kept going to voicemail and her text messages went unanswered. He never made it to work at Gateway Electric in Cleveland, where he was an electrician.
“They called the company and they were told that on [Aug. 2], he called off work and on [Aug. 3], he was a no-show at work,” said Capt. Stone. “His vehicle was observed leaving Lakewood in the area of 117th at 7:10 a.m. on the 2nd and that’s all we have on the vehicle.”
Police say a family member spotted someone driving Huff’s truck, a black 2015 Silverado, near West 52nd and Franklin and followed it to West 52nd and Lorain, but lost sight of it.
“She called the Cleveland police and they looked for the truck, couldn’t find the truck. It was a white female with dark hair that she did not recognize that was driving the truck,” said Capt. Stone.
Cleveland police found Huff’s truck on Aug. 4 near West 93rd and Willard with no one inside.
“This is very unlike this individual, so it’s really difficult to determine why he would leave and call off work and not come home,” Capt. Stone said.
Lakewood police say Huff did withdraw money from two ATMs in Cleveland, totaling about $500.
Investigators say they have no suspects at this time.
Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 216-623-5464.
Anonymous information can be provided by calling CrimeStoppers at 216-25-CRIME and a cash reward of up to $5,000 may be available.