A woman who was murdered and pushed from a car lay along Interstate 90 in Cleveland for at least 90 minutes after a patrol officer mistook the body for a deer, and despite four 911 calls reporting the victim. The city’s public safety director, Martin Flask, said the officers neglected their duties and an investigation is underway. Angel Bradley-Crockett was first reported at 4:30 a.m. by a passing motorist who described it as a male or a mannequin. However, two officers in the patrol unit assigned to the incident reported that it was “a possible deer on the side of the road and ODOT was notified.” A vehicle tracking device showed the patrol car was going 40-50 mph when it passed the woman’s body, officials said. Immediately after their disposition, they requested a lunch break from the dispatcher, who granted it. Over an hour later a second caller stopped along the highway, examined the body, dialed 911 and told a dispatcher that it was a nude, black woman’s body. It wasn’t until 6:30 a.m. that officers arrived to examine the crime scene. The coroner says that Bradley-Crockett had been strangled and was the victim of blunt force trauma. Police union president Steve Loomis said of the officers, “They made a mistake. No doubt about it,” and that both officers expect to be disciplined. Read more about the incident here, and listen (mp3) to the 911 calls and radio traffic.[audio:http://mp3.911dispatch.com.s3.amazonaws.com/cleveland_highway_murder.mp3]E-mail this story
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