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Police Confirm Body Found Is Local Imam

Mohamed Hassan Adam
Mohamed Hassan Adam

Columbus police now confirm a body found last week inside a van was a well-known imam at a northeast side mosque.

Police on Sunday identified the body as Mohamed Hassan Adam. His death has been ruled a homicide.

His body was found inside a van off Joyce and Windsor avenues on Friday. Police have ruled his death a homicide.

Somali community members said Adam, 48, had been missing since Wednesday. Police said the investigation is still in the early stages and haven't released any information on a possible motive.

Adam was a longtime imam at the Masjid Abu Hurairah mosque on the Northeast Side.

The Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and its national headquarters on Friday announced a $10,000 reward.