Human remains found in 1982 ID’d as former O’Jays songwriter, guitarist

TWINSBURG, Ohio — Human remains discovered in 1982 in Twinsburg, Ohio, have been identified as Frank “Frankie” Little, Jr., a songwriter and guitarist for R&B band the O’Jays.

Little was born in 1943 in Cleveland Ohio, according to the Twinsburg Police Department.

His identity remained a mystery for almost 40 years.

In October, the DNA Doe Project provided the names of potential living relatives, who were able to give Frank’s name, police said.

A close relative gave a DNA sample, which was analyzed by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Crime Lab.

His identity was then confirmed by the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.

According to police, Little’s partial remains were recovered in a garbage bag behind a now-closed business on Cannon Road.

The remains were identified as a Black male, 20 to 35 years old, approximately 5′6,” tall, with possible adolescent kyphosis (curvature of the spine).

His manner of death was ruled a homicide, police said.

Little became a guitarist and songwriter for the O’Jays in the 1960s. He served in the US Army for two years, including a deployment to Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

Little’s daughter died in 2012, and he has a son who has not yet been located or identified, police said.

Little was last known to live in Cleveland, and it is believed he was last alive in the mid-1970s.

Not much information is known about his disappearance and death.

His identification was made through the collaborative efforts of the Twinsburg Police Department, the DNA Doe Project, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Questions and any information about Frank Little’s case can be directed to Det. Eric Hendershott, 330-405-5679, ehendershott@twinsburg.oh.us.