JAMES CITY CO-- Police Wednesday identified the man whose body was set on fire in James City County earlier this month.
Authorities say Aakir Omar Ali, 37, died after being set on fire January 3. His burning body was found just before 7:00 p.m. on the side of the road in the 9300 block of Merrimac Trail.
The Richmond Medical Examiner's Office identified him through dental records.
Major Stephen Rubino said the case is being investigated as a homicide.
Ali was last seen at his job at Calvary Cemetery on St. Julian Avenue in Norfolk that morning. He had worked there as a grounds keeper since the summer of 2009. According to Norfolk City spokesperson Lori Crouch, the staff at Calvary Cemetery was very close and Ali was considered a valuable employee.
Authorities also said Ali, who was from the Norfolk/Va. Beach area, had legally changed his name from Omar Greene in 2008.
Ali's vehicle, a 2002 red Jeep Grand Cherokee, was found in the 2800 block of Somme Ave in Norfolk in the early morning hours of January 9.
'There was some damage to the rear of the vehicle. We do not know when the damage may have occurred,' Major Rubino told WVEC.com.
He also said some items had been stolen from the vehicle.
Police ask that anyone who may have seen Ali or his Jeep Grand Cherokee on Jan. 3, or anyone with any information related to his death to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.