Columbus Police are asking for a suspect in a Dec. 19 2019 manslaughter case to turn himself in after police issued a warrant Monday morning. In an unusual move, CPD is not yet identifying the suspect to the public but are asking his friends and family to encourage the suspect to come forward.

“We have put the information on the street to this suspect’s family and friends,” said Police Chief Fred Shelton. “We are certain some of them have contact with this person, and we are asking him to come forward at this time. We will give him a couple of days to come forward. If there is no activity, we will release his name and photo throughout the area, the state, and the rest of the United States. It is best for everyone for him to contact us through Crimestoppers at 800-530-7151 any time of day or night.”

The case is a manslaughter case in which an 18-year-old Columbus man died after an argument in an abandoned house at 17th Street and 5th Avenue South near 4:30 p.m. last Thursday. One person has been arrested and charged in he case, but police are seeking this second suspect.

“At this time, I will not get into the details of how the second person is involved,” said Shelton. “This is still an active case with a lot of moving parts, but we want to put the heat on the second person in the case to come forward. We know who he is and that he is from West Point but could be staying anywhere in the area.”

Shelton thanked the West Point Police Department for their assistance so far in the case.

“The West Point Police have been wonderful,” Shelton said. “They have used the full resources of their department, and I can’t thank them enough.”

Anyone with additional information on the case can call Crimestoppers at 800-530-7151.