Man’s body found decomposing in his home; Major Case Squad activated

The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis was activated around noon Thursday to investigate the death of a Cahokia resident who was found dead and decomposing in his home Wednesday.

Police are releasing few details but Cahokia Police Captain Dennis Plew said the body of a 47-year-old man was found inside his residence in the 200 block of Elm Street on Wednesday afternoon. St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye identified the victim as Jermaine Ross of 208 Elm St., in Cahokia. Dye said he was pronounced at 1:25 p.m. Wednesday.

“A preliminary medical exam concluded a suspicious death,” Plew said. “An autopsy today revealed the death is the result of a homicide.”

Ross was shot one time, Plew said. He also confirmed that Ross was a barber and was cutting hair out of his home. Asked how LONG Ross may have been laying inside of the apartment, Plew said it appears he was not there long.

The captain said he would release more information as it became available.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis at 618-332-4248.

Carolyn P. Smith: 618-239-2503, @carolynhendri18