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Man who found young homicide victim implores killer to come forward

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Eric May found the body of a Suisun City teen girl at Allan Witt Park, Friday morning. "€œI made her a promise,€" May said Monday. "€œUntil my dying breath I€'m going to keep her memory alive."€ (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

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FAIRFIELD — Eric May grew up playing on the streets of Fairfield. Now, those same roads are his home.

The 54-year-old arrived Friday at Allan Witt Park before daybreak. His hands were cold. He had no gloves.

May had collected some wood and was going to start a fire in one of the barbecue pits. He said he spotted a Fairfield police car, dropped the wood and waited for the patrol car to pass.

Heading to the back of park, along the Woolner Avenue side, he said he saw what appeared to be a mannequin between some trees in the parking lot. He said he walked by it once.

Something told him to look again. As he drew nearer, May said he realized it was a body.

He said he shouted at it first, saying something like “Are you OK?” When that drew no response, he said he poked the body in the back with his index finger. There was no response. The body was cold and colorless.

“That’s why she didn’t look real,” May said.

May discovered the body of Fairfield’s second homicide victim of 2013, a young, Caucasian female. Suisun City police confirmed Friday that the victim was a teen girl reported missing Thursday from Suisun City.

“Nothing in life prepares you for something like this,” May said.

Now, he said, he shares his story as a way of helping him cope, and also so the young woman is not forgotten.

“I made her a promise,” May said. “Until my dying breath, I’m going to keep her memory alive.”

Since then, he said he’s lived on a few hours of sleep and spends some of his time at Allan Witt Park, hanging out with friends. He said he hopes for some peace.

May said police questioned him Friday and that he willingly submitted a DNA sample.

He pleads for the young woman’s killer to turn himself or herself in. He said he worries that whoever took the teen’s life may strike again.

A lot of questions run through his mind, he said, including what must have gone through the young girl’s mind the last few minutes of her life.

“I knew she had loved ones,” May said. “Everyone has loved ones.”

May said his spirit remains intact even though he has a heavy heart. To do otherwise would also make him a victim, he said.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or amaginnis@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
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  • NDDFebruary 05, 2013 - 9:55 am

    This to me is a very insensitive article of a very bad situation that is still fresh within the community. Why the need for the description of the body? Daily Republic you are doing a great job at maintaing your reputation as a trashy, poorly run and developed Newspaper. It's obvious you are fishing for a story and attempting to capitalize on this tragic situation. You can do much better.....

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  • SobreakitdownformeFebruary 05, 2013 - 10:50 am

    Your being ridiculous. Daily Republics job is to report local news to its constituents. Were all part of the same community and have the right to know whats going on. This just happens to be a sad story and its the truth. If you cant handle it, go read a childrens picture book, nothing bad happens in those storys. Your being a troll and waiving your finger to the wrong people, Daily Republic is a respectable news agency who dont need to be lectured by yourself!

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  • NDDFebruary 05, 2013 - 11:13 am

    Sobreakitdownforme? Daily Republic has a reputation of putting humiliating irrelevant information in articles..report news yes, however, not every detail needs to be reported, there are thousands of kids that are looking for updates...lets be sensitive

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  • SobreakitdownformeFebruary 05, 2013 - 12:52 pm

    Theres no humiliating information in this story. The story is an account of the man who found her and his best and honest description of the moment he found her. This is not a fluffed article by daily republic to sensationlize the story. It is important to understand whats going on because now the community must be aware theirs a murder out there.There is a victim in the story and yes its very sad and down-right unforgivable however its unfair for you to attack daily republic for this crime. Again they report the story, they dont make it up. If you cant stomach it you shouldnt read it. If kids are reading this article then they are mature enough to understand its content amd the value of the information they can get from it.

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  • DebraFebruary 05, 2013 - 11:31 am

    May we all focus on prayers of healing for the family of the girl and for safety and peace in our city.

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  • Rich GiddensFebruary 05, 2013 - 10:31 pm

    Amy and all the staff at the DR have done nothing wrong with regard to this tragedy. They are doing a great job with regard to this and we have been well served in their coverage. And I'm a big critic of the news media too---remember?

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  • Jodi FosterMarch 19, 2014 - 10:55 am

    Eric, It has been two decades since I last saw you. I am sorry you were witness to something so horrible. I am glad that someone so kind and thoughtful is keeping her memory alive. I will pray for her also. Peace be with you. ~Jodi Brollier Foster

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