A member of Detroit’s homicide division has been suspended after department officials found him wearing a murder victim’s watch.

Sgt. Alex Vinson was the officer in charge of the case involving an unknown murder victim who was found wearing an expensive German-made watch several months ago. 

From Detroit News:

The watch was photographed and put into storage in the Homicide Section’s property room. The victim has not been identified, and the homicide case has gone cold.

This week, while Vinson was in Idaho for advanced police training, fellow homicide detectives decided to reopen the case.

The detectives wanted to take another look at the watch — but when they removed the victim’s belongings from the property room, the watch wasn’t the same one that was photographed at the start of the case. Instead, it was a cheaper model, Craig confirmed.

The detectives quickly informed police officials about the discrepancy, Craig said.

“We were made aware of this a few nights ago and immediately initiated an internal investigation,” Craig said. “We directed (Vinson) to return home.”

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The FBI helped police recover the watch, which Vinson was wearing during the training session. He returned to Michigan Wednesday, and was read his Miranda rights by officers with Internal Affairs.

The investigation is ongoing.

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