Francis Decero murder: Philadelphia man was shot, stabbed and burned, police say

New details have emerged in the death and disappearance of Francis ‘Frankie’ Decero as Philadelphia police continue to investigate. 

Decero, 25, had been reported missing from his home on Apr. 26. Surveillance video obtained by FOX 29 shows Decero double parking his Jeep near the intersection of 13th and Biglor Streets before he got into another car that drove away. 

Family members later located his Jeep out of gas, but Decero was nowhere to be found. 

On Wednesday afternoon, Philadelphia police officers were flagged down in the area of 31st and Tasker streets by a group of juveniles. Those juveniles told police they had seen a body in the brush on Douglas Street. 

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The officers went to that location and found an unresponsive male, later identified as Decero, suffering from trauma to the body. He was pronounced dead at the scene by responding paramedics. 

Police tell FOX 29’s Kelly Rule they are investigating if Decero may have been tortured and confirmed that he was found to have been shot, stabbed, beaten and burned. 

Investigators originally followed a lead that Decero might have been targeted over recent lottery winnings, according to a source. Police Captain Jason Smith did not completely dismiss the lead, but he told FOX 29 that investigators coordinated with lottery officials and found no record of Decero winning.

Authorities will continue to pursue other leads as the investigation into Decero's murder continues to unfold.