Man found dead in Triangle Park in Dayton was shot, burned

The body of a 37-year-old Columbus man found in Triangle Park in Dayton last week was shot and burned, police said Monday.

  • Body found March 31 in Triangle Park by passerby
  • Victim identified as Demieko Hairston
  • Hairston was shot, burned; death is a homicide

UPDATE @ 2 p.m. (April 3)

Demieko Hairston's body was discovered around 11:30 a.m. Friday by a passerby. On Saturday, police confirmed Hairston’s death was suspicious, and today detectives revealed that Hairston had been shot and burned.

Police are are interviewing his family and working to track his movements before he died, Dayton police Lt.  Andrew Booher said.

Officers also recovered Hairston's car on Parkwood Avenue, Booher said.

"We're processing the vehicle now to see if there's any evidence we can get from that," he said.

Police believe it is possible Hairston was killed elsewhere and left at the park.

"There's a good chance this may have occurred somewhere else and then the body dropped off there," said Booher during a Monday afternoon press conference.


UPDATE @ 6:05 p.m. (April 1)

Dayton police confirm they are investigating the death of a Columbus man whose body was found Friday at Triangle Park as a homicide.

Police did not release information on how or when Demieko Hairston, 37, was killed. His identity was released earlier today by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

EARLIER (March 31)

Dayton police are investigating after a man was found dead at Triangle Park late this morning.

Officers responded to the park around 11:30 a.m. after a passerby discovered the body and detectives were called to the scene, a police spokesperson said.

According to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office, it is being investigated as a “suspicious death,” but a cause and manner of death will not be established until the autopsy set for Saturday.