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Murder Victim on I-90 Mistaken for Deer

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.

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  • Phil April 14, 2010, 2:47 pm

    They got the murderer:
    Cleveland man accused of strangling woman found on I-90 held on $2 million bond
    angel crockett.jpg
    By Donna J. Miller, Plain Dealer reporter
    April 14, 2010, 11:50AM
    Stephon Davis is accused of beating Angel Bradley-Crockett and using a ligature to strangle her. Her nude body was found April 5 on a berm under the West 44th Street overpass. Full story »

  • Sad Excuse For 911 Center April 22, 2010, 9:29 am

    How long does it take to get information to send an officer to find a body on the highway? How many bodies do you people have on the side of the road in that area? The calltaker shows no concern at all in reference to a human being on the side of the highway and practically acts as if the caller is lying! The Union will protect the lazy officers who obviously do not care about members in the community at all…what if it was their family member? Guess it doesnt matter to them …how many callers does it take to realize it is a human being? LAZY AND POOR POOR POLICE WORK!!! THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED!!! THank God ODOT is smarter than police!!!