Missing O’Jays Guitarist Remains Identified After 40 Years
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The remains police found in 1982 in Twinsburg, Ohio is now identified as Frank “Frankie” Little Jr., the guitarist and songwriter of the R&B band O’Jays. Little’s disappearance brought a lot of unanswered questions for 40 years.
Now, using a forensic genealogy with the help of the DNA Doe Project, a non-profit organization determined for identifying deceased persons, it was confirmed that Little was the remains found inside a garbage bag.
Twinsburg police told via press release,
“In October 2021, the DNA Doe Project provided the names of potential living relatives, who were able to provide Frank’s name,”
“A close relative [of Little’s] provided a DNA sample, which was analyzed by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Crime Lab. His identity was then confirmed by Dr. Lisa Kohler of the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.”
Little was responsible for writing the songs of O’Jays such as “Do the Jerk,” “Pretty Words” and “Oh, How You Hurt Me.” After leaving the band, he then joined the U.S. Army and spent two years serving in the Vietnam War. But it wasn’t the war that killed Little. The police now marked his death as homicide, but the suspect is still unknown.