LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTVE) - Police say an 89-year-old man whose body was discovered in a suitcase on a rural Arkansas farm was a World War II veteran from New York.
Johnstown, New York, police Lt. David Gilbo tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that Robert Brooks died of natural causes at his home about a month before his body was discovered in Arkansas on March 5.
"He was a war hero who could have been buried at the [Arlington] National Cemetery," Lt. Gilbo told the newspaper. "Instead, he ends up in a suitcase dumped in a field in Arkansas."
Lt. Gilbo says investigators are still trying to determine why his body was moved.
Two people considered to be caregivers of Brooks have been detained on suspicion of abuse of a corpse.
Brooks served in the military and was a gunner in a B-17 bomber’s ball turret.
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