STAMFORD, CONN. (CBSNewYork) -- A murder mystery had Fairfield County on edge Wednesday.
Police were searching for a killer after the body of a taxi driver was found in a cul-de-sac in Stamford. The driver had been stabbed to death, CBS 2's Matt Kozar reported.
Police got the first call at 3 a.m. from a Stamford Taxi dispatcher who was unable to locate one of his drivers, WCBS 880's Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported.
Stamford Cabbie Found Dead, Police Investigating
Landscapers on Doolittle Road were preparing for an open house early Wednesday morning when they found the cab driver's body on a front lawn with a trail of blood leading across the street to where the taxi had crashed into a stone wall.
"It appeared to be a very big struggle. Said he had multiple stab wounds and it was a horrific scene," Stamford Police Chief Jon John Fontneau said.
Mahomed Kamal's family said the 47-year-old cab driver left Bangladesh 20 years ago for a better life in the United States
Instead, his life ended on a dead end street in Stamford.
"I'm really upset because I lost my brother. I can say nothing," Mohammad Rashid said.
Rashid said Kamal called at around 3 a.m. and told his wife he was almost done with his shift.
When he never returned home, Kamal's wife went to police.
"We're theorizing that robbery could be a motive. Perhaps someone disguised themselves as a fare, and requested transport to this area. The area is kind of secluded," Stamford Police Capt. Rich Conklin said.
No weapon was found at the scene, Schneidau reported.
Doolittle Road is secluded, yet suburban with high-end real estate, Kozar reported.
Residents said it's not the place you'd expect a murder-robbery.
"Family neighborhood, basically, a lot of kids," resident Kaitlin Davidson said.
With the killer on the loose, Stamford cab drivers said they were feeling uneasy.
"It is a dangerous job. You have to put up with all kinds of people out there," driver James Dorvilus said.
Rashid said his brother was a devout Muslim with a young son.
As the family prepared for the funeral, they were also praying for police to catch whoever took Kamal's life.
"All the time, he tell me 'brother, please, safe drive in the night time,'" Rashid said.
Police said they have a general idea of the direction the murderer ran. They used a blood hound to follow the trail into the woods, but that's where it went cold, Kozar reported.
Investigators said taxi dispatch closes at around 3 a.m., so any freelance calls drivers make in the early morning are not recorded.
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