Upper Darby police believe the dead man found hog-tied, bludgeoned and burning in a Dumpster last week was an illegal immigrant from Jamaica who was slain possibly in a drug dispute.
Investigators are awaiting the results of DNA tests to confirm the victim's identity, police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.
Police suspect the victim was a 26-year-old man living in King of Prussia, based on information about tattoos on the body and from interviews with his acquaintances, Chitwood said. He declined to identify the man, pending the test results.
"The allegation is that he was trafficking in drugs," Chitwood said, adding that detectives suspect he was a marijuana dealer.
Yeadon firefighters found the gasoline-drenched body about 10 p.m. on Feb. 8 after dousing a trash fire behind SEPTA railroad tracks, on 2nd Street and Fairview Avenue, in Lansdowne.
Investigators got a tip Sunday that the body was the King of Prussia man, Chitwood said.
Police later determined that the man moved here from Jamaica about two or three years ago and that he entered the country illegally, Chitwood said.
Police searched a Norristown home twice this week, suspecting the man was murdered there, Chitwood said. He declined to reveal the home's location or discuss the victim's connection to the address.
Cops are also seeking the man's missing car.
A female friend told police that the victim dropped her off at her King of Prussia home at about 8 p.m. Feb. 7, after he received a cell-phone call in which he arranged to "meet a friend," Chitwood said. That was the last time the man is known to have been seen alive, he added.
"The car could be a crime scene too," Chitwood said.