Remains Identified As O’Jays’ Frank Little Jr. After Nearly 40 Years

Remains Identified As O’Jays’ Frank Little Jr. After Nearly 40 Years

Human remains found nearly 40 years ago have been identified as belonging to Frank “Frankie” Little Jr., a member of the R&B band The O’Jays.

According to the Twinsburg Police Department in Ohio, DNA from relatives was used to help identify the remains.

Little’s remains were found on February 18, 1982 in a garbage bag behind a business in Twinsburg. The circumstances behind his death are still unknown, but it is being ruled as a homicide.

Little was raised in Cleveland, according to the news release. In the mid-’60s, he was a guitarist and songwriter for The O’Jays. He worked with lead vocalist and co-founder Eddie Levert on a handful of songs, including 1964’s “Do the Jerk,” 1966’s “Pretty Words,” and 1967’s “Oh, How You Hurt Me”.

“Frankie was a guitarist and songwriter in the very early O’Jays,” the band said in a statement. “He came with us when we first ventured out of Cleveland and traveled to Los Angeles, but he also was in love with a woman in Cleveland that he missed so much that he soon returned back to Cleveland after a short amount of time.”

They added, “That was in the mid 1960s and we had not heard from him after then. Although this sounds like a tragic ending, we wish his family and friends closure to what appears to be a very sad story.”

(Photo: DNA Doe Project)

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