COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Preliminary autopsy results are expected this week in the case of 17-year-old Wilson Omar Villeda.
Villeda’s body was one of two sets of remains recovered from side-by-side, makeshift graves in the woods of Innis Park last week. The second set of remains were skeletal.
The autopsies will answer some questions about causes of death. Police are following a number of leads including phone records, text messages and other evidence that may lead them to those responsible.
Police have not said whether they believe the victims were killed in the woods or whether their bodies were carried into the woods and dumped there.
One of the paths leading into Innis Park runs off a fairly quiet street of middle-class, single-family homes on the western edge of the park.
Stanley Diggs, a retired Columbus Police officer, lives a few houses away from the path but says he hasn’t walked into the park in 20 years.
“The last time I was actually in that park is when I was on the police motorcycle unit,” Diggs said. “I would go down the trail just to make sure everything was ok down there.”
Diggs says he frequently hears gunfire in the park at night and believes others should stay away from the park – particularly after dark.
“I would suggest that they not come to the park during the night because you just don’t know who’s back there…especially like I did the other day when I heard shots at four o’clock in the morning,” Diggs said.
Relatives of Wilson Villeda say he recently moved to Columbus from El Salvador to be with his mother. They did not confirm that Villeda had been involved in gang activity. They did say he had stopped attending school and was hanging around some “bad people.”