Detroit neurosurgeon Devon Hoover was shot twice in the back of the head, dragged naked into attic: autopsy
By Ronny Reyes
The beloved Detroit neurosurgeon who was found dead inside his home last month had been shot twice in the back of the head, then dragged naked into the attic, it was revealed on Wednesday.
An autopsy report filed by the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office showed that 53-year-old Devon Hoover was shot behind his right ear and then again in the back of the head, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The acclaimed doctor was wearing just a single black sock when his body was discovered wrapped in a plastic sheet in a crawl space inside his $1.2 million home on April 23.
Hoover, a doctor at Ascension Michigan Hospital, was single and lived alone in Detroit’s historic Boston-Edison District.
Police conducted a wellness check because Hoover’s loved ones were concerned after the doctor — a well-known member of the community for over 20 years — failed to show up to a family gathering in Indiana.
Investigators are treating Hoover’s death as a homicide. However, sparse details about the case have been released in the past weeks as officials continue to ask the community for any tips.
On April 28, a person of interest was arrested on unrelated charges in connection with the homicide case. However, the person was released last week and cops declined to divulge any information on the former person of interest.
Detroit Police Chief James White has said that it is clear to investigators that Hoover’s death “was not a random act.”
Officials initially said that they believed the killing was the result of a domestic dispute.
A week after the murder, police responded to a break-in at the doctor’s home. Police said it was not clear if anything was stolen.
The case has left Hoover’s community shaken, with many mourning the loss of the respected neck and back specialist.
“Not only was he a fantastic surgeon but just a wonderful human being,” Adam Walder, a patient of 20 years, told WXYZ last week.
“Those three days in the hospital [after surgery], he’d come in the morning to check on you, call you after your discharge to check on you. You just don’t see that anymore.”