Detroit Police Identify Suspect in East side Dumpster Murder

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DETROIT, MI – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating James Quill Cockerham, a 50-year old black man, wanted in connection with the homicide of 26-year old Elizabeth Laird who was found inside a dumpster located in the 1600 block of Robert Bradby Drive.James Cockerham

James Cockerham is described as a 50-year old black man, six feet tall, medium build. He was seen wearing a dark colored sweatshirt with a hood and wheat colored boots.

James Cockerham is accused of raping and killing Elizabeth Laird, then throwing her body in a dumpster at the Parkview Towers Apartment complex on Wednesday May 15th, 2019.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner ruled her death a homicide. She died from Compressive Asphyxia. Compressive asphyxia is limiting expansion of the lungs by compressing the torso, hence interfering with breathing.

James Cockerham has previous convictions for:

  • Criminal Sexual Conduct, 3rd Deg (Force or Coercion)
  • Prisons – Prisoner Possessing Weapons
  • Unlawfully Driving Away an Automobile
  • Robbery Armed

He is listed as an absconder from parole.  He is also a registered sex offender. His last known address was 16746 Evergreen Rd in Detroit.

If anyone has seen James Quill Cockerham or has any information pertaining to this crime, they are asked to contact Detroit Police Department Homicide Unit at 313-596-2260, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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