LODI — The body discovered entangled in a tree in the Black River on Sunday after a man fled from police has been identified as 26-year-old Darrin Devontay Blackmon of Cleveland.
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Lodi Police Chief Keith Keough said Tuesday that the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office used Blackmon’s fingerprints to identify his remains.
Keough said Lodi police were not familiar with and had no interactions with Blackmon.
“Absolutely none,” Keough said Tuesday.
Keough said previously that police were notified of an unknown individual going through cars near South Market Street at about 1 a.m. Sunday morning.
When Lodi police and a Medina County sheriff’s deputy responded, the man took off running.
The pursuit led officers to the Lisa Court mobile home park off Medina Street, where the man went over a ledge and into Lodi Community Park, near the east fork of the Black River, Keough said previously.
Blackmon’s body was discovered at 8 a.m. Sunday morning.
Keough said police are continuing to investigate exactly what Blackmon was doing in the Lodi area, and that it is not common for an individual to travel from Cleveland to Lodi to illegally enter vehicles.
“We are going to continue the investigation,” Keough said.
Keough said he is aware that Blackmon had a criminal record, and was on parole at the time of his death.
According to Cuyahoga County court records, Blackmon pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and having weapons while under disability in 2011, and was sentenced to six years in prison.
Blackmon also pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property in 2018 and was sentenced to two years of probation. Later in 2018, Blackmon was sentenced to community service after pleading guilty to unauthorized use of a vehicle and drug possession.
Blackmon was charged with escape in January, which was an open case in Cuyahoga County at the time of his death.