By Lisa Martone
Update from Des Moines Police:
UPDATE 27 November 2012
Des Moines Police Detectives have made an arrest in the homicide at E 17th and Walnut Street.
The suspect is Joseph Ceretti of 706 Virginia in Des Moines. He is a 30 yr old male.
Eric Naylor was an acquaintance of Joseph Ceretti, however the motive is not being released at this time.
Eric Naylor suffered stab wounds to his chest resulting in his death. The initial call to Des Moines Police Dispatch was that the victim had been shot. After autopsy however, the trauma to Mr. Naylor was determined to be stab wounds.
DES MOINES-- A 31-year-old Des Moines man is dead and police believe friends may have witnessed the murder.
Des Moines Police were at East 17th and Walnut Streets throughout the early morning hours Monday, locating shell casings and interviewing witnesses who may have seen a homicide.
"Well I come out to move the pickup this morning," said a man who lives in the area. "They had that yellow line all out here, so I pulled it up about 10 feet and the cop knocked on the door and said well we had a homicide here.."
Police say 31-year old Eric Naylor of Des Moines was shot on East 17th around 12:30 a.m.
"He was not in a car. He was basically on the shoulder of the road on a grassy section between the sidewalk and the road way when police found him," said Sgt. Jason Halifax of the Des Moines Police Department.
When they arrived they found Naylor still alive and transported him to Mercy Hospital where he died soon after. Police have confirmed there were two people with Naylor at the time of the murder. They have interviewed them heavily, however police still have no motive or suspects at this time.
"Investigators are continuing to follow up with witnesses…and are working on identifying the suspects and hopefully we will have the names soon," Halifax said.
Police said the general public has nothing to worry about.