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Victim Daryl Ford (Photo: Dept. of Licensing via Seattle Police Dept.)

SEATTLE — After arresting a 46-year-old man in last week’s “shopping cart” homicide in Seattle’s Othello Park neighborhood, police detectives are now seeking more information about the victim.

Police believe the victim, Daryl M. Ford, was homeless and detectives are asking for help identifying where Ford may have frequented or camped in the Seattle area.

If you have any information which could aid in the prosecution of this case, please call the police homicide tip line at (206) 233-5000.

Meanwhile, the man charged with stabbing Ford and pushing the body down the street in a shopping cart disappeared from a mental health facility a few days before, court documents show.

Michael Thompson, 46, faces charges of first-degree murder after he was allegedly spotted carting a body down a south Seattle street. He is currently in King County Jail on $1 million bond.

According to court documents, a witness spotted Thompson around 11 a.m. May 22 outside their home in the 4000 block of S. Austin Street fiddling with their garbage. The witness called police, saying that a homeless man was pushing a shopping cart down the street that appeared to carry a body. Other witnesses on the street said the man was rummaging through trash can after crash.

When police arrived on scene, they didn’t find Thompson, but found the shopping cart with a body wrapped in blankets stuffed inside the cart. An autopsy determined the body died from multiple stab wounds.

Police also found a bag near the scene that contained documents from the Sound Mental Health clinic a few blocks away. Police called the mental health agency and learned Thompson had disappeared from the facility days before. Health care officials did not know where he was, documents show.

Police also recovered Thompson’s fingerprints from the cart.

Sound Mental Health is a non-profit organization leading a variety of mental health operations. It was unknown if Thompson was forcibly committed to the health agency, or if he went in on his own accord. It is also unknown why, or how, he was allowed to leave.

Police contacted Thompson at his wife’s house. He allegedly admitted to knowing the murdered man, but refused to talk to police further. He was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Thompson’s second court appearance is on May 29.

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