JAMES CITY COUNTY, VA (WWBT) – Police have released the identity of the man found burning on the side of the road in James City County earlier this month.
Authorities say 37-year-old Aakir Omar Ali, of the Norfolk-Virginia Beach area, was identified by the Richmond Medical Examiner's Office through dental records on Wednesday.
Ali legally changed his name from Omar Greene sometime in 2008. He was last seen the morning of January 3, at the Calvary Cemetery in Norfolk where he worked as a groundskeeper. Ali's body was found several hours later, just before 7:00 p.m.
Days later, Ali's truck was discovered in the 2800 block of Somme Ave. in Norfolk on January 9. The vehicle is described as a 2002 red Jeep Grand Cherokee with Virginia Licence XSH-2371.
Ali's death is being handled as a homicide.
James City County Police are urging anyone who may have seen Ali or his vehicle on January 3, or anyone with any information related to his death, to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.