Dallas police are searching for a man who they say sold a house for more than $100,000 by posing as the home’s dead owner.
Christopher Brian Colbert, 43, is suspected of posing as Ronald Shumway, 57, police said Thursday. Shumway’s remains were found on his property in September and police said he hadn’t been seen since April, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The owner of a home on North Winnekta Ave. that Colbert sold posing as Shumway found Shumway’s remains in a plastic bag covered by cement in the yard. Witnesses were able to identify the remains of Shumway, the Morning News reported.
An arrest warrant for Colbert was issued on Monday and as of early Sunday he was still at large. Colbert is charged with securing execution of a document by deception and tampering with government record – both felonies. He has not been charged in Shumway’s death, according to WFAA.
“It’s a horrible situation,” Mark Shumway, Ronald’s half-brother, told the station. “A man was murdered, buried in his own back yard, had his property stolen and probably his bank accounts drained from somebody from what I understand was trying to help.”
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