Was the sale of missing man’s house a fraud?

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Either Ron Shumway or someone posing as him posted these missives to Facebook in late April and early May, after police say the Oak Cliff man went missing. Image via dallasvoice.com

 

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An unidentified source inside the Dallas Police Department told a TV news station that missing Oak Cliff man Ron Shumway’s signature was forged on real estate documents in June.

We broke the story Tuesday of Ron Shumway’s connection to the house at 725 N. Winnetka, where a human body was discovered in September. Police say Shumway has been missing since April, but the sale of his house closed in June. Also, the Dallas Voice found Facebook messages Shumway apparently posted in May stating he had moved to Austin to live with a new boyfriend.

Homicide detectives are investigating the case, but the Dallas Police Department says the body has not been identified. The police declined our interview request and has not answered any of our questions about the case.

NBCDFW reported that an unidentified police source said the cash sale to an investor in June was fraudulent; Shumway’s signature was forged. The TV news station also reported that they spoke to notary Patricia Bramhall, who was at the June closing. From the NBC story:

The notary first told NBC5 she didn’t recall meeting Shumway but later said she had no comment.

Bramhall has not returned a call from the Advocate, and neither has Connor Steinbrook, a real estate investor who reportedly was at the closing representing Shumway, although Steinbroook does not have a real estate license.

The house flipped through several cash sales over the summer until an investor bought it for about $239,000 in August. He is the one who found the body.

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