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Man found stuffed inside a barrel in Detroit

Douglas “Chef Doug” Calhoun (Facebook)

Tips led Detroit police to a lot next to a vacant home on Greydale Street on the city’s west side on the evening of July 7. And what investigators found was a man’s body stuffed inside a barrel.

Police have not identified the body of the man yet or released any details of what happened. However, it is widely believed that the body found is that of beloved Detroit chef, Doug Calhoun.

The tip came hours after Crime Stoppers and the family of the missing Marine announced at a press conference that they were offering a reward of $6K to anyone with information that could help locate Calhoun.

“We want him back — we need him back. He has a big family that’s waiting for him, that needs him — we need him back in our life,” said Calhoun’s cousin, Diana Terry, during the press conference. “We need him to come home and cook for us.”

Calhoun has been missing since early June. He is 39 years old, 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds with a medium complexion, black hair and brown eyes. Calhoun was last seen in the 3500 block of West Outer Drive in Detroit, after returning home from a night out with friends, according to a report from WXYZ. His vehicle was later found near Fenkell and Evergreen roads.

When the family received word of the tip, they rushed over to the scene in hopes that it was not their precious loved one, but prepared for the worst.  “We have had three or four search parties in this area,” said Judy Benford, Calhoun’s aunt.

But still, there was no peace for the family as the body was unidentifiable. Crime scene investigators blocked off the area and searched for clues. It could take days for the identity of the body to be revealed as the medical examiner works to identify the remains.

Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Douglas Calhoun can contact CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.


  1. xenonman on July 8, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Sure it wasn’t Jimmy Hoffa?

  2. xenonman on July 8, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Maybe he just wanted to go over Niagara Falls? lol

    • Kara D. Johnson on July 9, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      what was funny about that? niagara falls? not funny,not relevant.

      • xenonman on July 10, 2017 at 5:12 am

        Legend has it that sometime in the XIX century, a woman supposedly went over the Falls in a barrel, and survived.

        • Kara D. Johnson on July 10, 2017 at 10:52 am

          Do you think this mans family cares about this? his children? grow up and learn how to respond to appropriately to real life situations.

    • Aladdin Sane on August 7, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      What’s wrong with your brain, hoss? He was a friend and a good man, well respected in the community. The past few months have been absolutely tragic for his family and friends. Judging from your insensitivity, I’m guessing you must have absolutely no one close to you that you would suffer grief over once they die. Or you’re just simple. In that case, maybe someone will laugh in your face when a person you love dies too.

      • xenonman on August 8, 2017 at 1:05 am

        Amazing the total lack of humour that you people seem to have!

  3. kimberly vanderwill on July 9, 2017 at 11:49 am

    this is sad, also not a time for jokes. insensitive idiots.

    • Kara D. Johnson on July 9, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      they need to stop letting put b.s up here. this stuff is not funny at all, shows that your thought process is not well adapted to compassion, stop smoking weed, crack or whatever has burnt your brains out. a man is dead here geez, and you joke about it, wait til your time comes around and see who will joking then. have some respect or go back to grade school if you want to act like a kid that doesnt know any better.

    • Am a?!!! on July 9, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      You know they must be white. Silly moron’s