Police searching for people who had contact with young dad hours before his murder

Without any leads in his murder, Columbus Police are now trying to find people who may have talked to or seen a man in the hours before he was shot to death in the Italian Village area. (WSYX/WTTE)

Without any leads in his murder, Columbus Police are now trying to find people who may have talked to or seen a man in the hours before he was shot to death in the Italian Village area.

Daniel Connell, 35 was found Sunday, August 19 around 6:30AM near Fourth Street, not far from I-670. A passerby called 911 to report a man lying on the sidewalk, bleeding.

Police have released surveillance video to ABC 6/FOX 28 showing Connell talking with people at The Walrus Bar & Grill on East Main Street shortly before his death. In the video Connell can be seen talking with several people, including a group of women who were carrying a pizza.

"We don't think they are people of interest, we would like to talk with them, find out what conversations might have taken place, where he was going after he left the bar," said Compson.

The father of three was last seen alive leaving the bar patio after talking with a man shortly before 3:00 a.m. and heading towards North Fourth Street. The car salesman's body was discovered less than four hours later. Connell's car was found parked on a street about a mile and a half away from The Walrus.

Police are asking anyone who may have had contact with the father of three during the evening to call Crime stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477), or leave information on their website.

You can also submit a tip by downloading the free P3 Tips mobile app available on iOS and Android platforms.

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