A man on the run from Harrisburg was found dead in Philadelphia after overdosing.
Last week, police searched for 48-year-old Calvin Lee Waller Jr. They learned he died in Philadelphia Thursday. The location was unknown. Drug intoxication caused the fatality.
On Dec. 2, Waller was charged with criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse, and possession of a crime instrument for killing 61-year-old Jeffrey Keckler.
Keckler’s body was found on Nov. 28 under a locked hatch concealing basement stairs at Waller’s apartment building at 117 Locust Street. Since Keckler was last seen alive on Nov. 9, his body may have been there.
Waller lived on the first level of the apartment building a block from Harrisburg police headquarters.
According to court records, the landlord said investigators Waller had the hatch padlock code because he did odd jobs for him. Waller occupied the rear apartment over the basement stairs.
Court records say a claw hammer killed him. According to court records, police recovered a wooden-handled claw hammer with blood spatter in Waller’s kitchen.
Investigators also observed blood spatter on Waller’s apartment bedroom wall and a “significant amount of apparent blood” around and on the bed.
The coroner found hammer wounds on Keckler’s head and face. Multiple traumas killed him.
Police suspect Keckler was killed in Waller’s bedroom and placed on the stairs.
How Waller knew Keckler is under investigation. Keckler went unmissed. Officials were unable to find him a permanent address earlier this year.
Waller’s parole agent told police he fought a homeless guy in October “for messing with his girlfriend,” according to court records.
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The affidavit did not identify the homeless man.
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Police believe Waller and his girlfriend fled after the murder. According to court records, he removed his state parole ankle monitor on Nov. 12 and did not contact parole agents.
This year has seen 22 homicides, the most in at least 16 years. Three weeks remain in the year.