NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — The body of a man found partially buried in a shallow grave in Mohegan Park in Norwich on Sunday has been identified as a New York City homicide victim, according to Norwich police.
Police said someone walking through the park’s north side around 4:15 p.m. Sunday saw something sticking out from the ground and called authorities, which led to a homicide investigation.
Norwich police announced Friday that they could identify the body as that of 44-year-old Martin Wright after working with New York City detectives.
Authorities believe the former welterweight boxer was killed by his brother, 45-year-old McMillian Wright, in January in New York City. McMillian was charged with murder in April.
“It’s impossible to say rest in peace to our brother if we don’t know where he’s resting at,” said Abdur-Raheim Braddox, who spoke with ABC7 in New York in April about his best friend, who he said was a champion inside the ring and out.
Norwich police do not know exactly when Wright’s body was left in the park.
According to ABC7, police charged 48-year-old Craig Smith with helping dispose of Wright’s remains.
The New York Police Department’s Homicide Division is investigating.