Dallas police say impostor sold dead man’s home

Christopher Brian Colbert license photo - Dallas Police Department

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police are searching for a man suspected of selling a house for $130,000 by posing as its dead owner.

An arrest warrant was issued earlier this week for the man, who remains at large. Police say he’s wanted for tampering with governmental record, securing execution of a document by deception and money laundering.

Police are investigating the death of 57-year-old Ronald Shumway as a homicide. When Shumway’s remains were found in September in his yard he had not been seen since April.

Court records say Christopher Brian Colbert, 43, posed as Shumway after Shumway went missing, then sold the North Winnetka house. He either lived with Shumway or next to him. The court records say he had “access” to Shumway’s property.

In late September, the house’s new owner found Shumway’s remains in a plastic bag covered by a cement slab in the yard.

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