Grand jury still investigating ex-detective

Dove
Dove
Posted: January 14, 2014

WHEN WE last checked in on disgraced ex-homicide Detective Ron Dove, police were hoping to find a DNA match for a human jawbone that was discovered in November in a weed-infested lot in North Philadelphia.

It's still unclear if the identity of the person who had once been attached to that jawbone has been learned.

"I don't know if we did find out, but it's all part of the grand jury now, anyway," Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said Thursday, referring to the city grand jury that has been tasked with untangling Dove's complicated personal life.

"I was not sworn into that grand jury, but some of my Internal Affairs people were," the commissioner said.

A police source said that Dove has not yet been called to testify before the grand jury.

Dove, 41, was booted from the force by Ramsey on Nov. 8 for failing to cooperate with detectives who were probing his involvement in three murder cases:

* The Sept. 8 stabbing death of Cesar Vera, the ex-boyfriend of Erica Sanchez, Dove's longtime lover. Sanchez, 33, was later jailed on murder charges and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing at the Criminal Justice Center later this month.  

 * The July 1, 2010, fatal shooting of Leslie Delzingaro at an Olney bar that was owned by Sanchez's father. Dove was assigned to the case - which has never been solved - and Delzingaro's family has since filed a complaint with Internal Affairs raising questions about a conflict of interest.  

 * The May 2012 slaying of Melanie Colon. She was last seen with Reynaldo Torres, who has since vanished. Based on information on Dove's iPad, investigators are exploring the possibility that Torres was killed, too, and possibly buried - and covered in cement - in the area where the jawbone was found, behind a ballfield at 4th and Westmoreland streets. Investigators also found what appeared to be a possible grave, covered by a slate, near the spot where the jawbone was discovered.


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