Detroit Police seek to identify remains

May 12, 2018 GMT

The Detroit Police on Friday asked for the public’s help to identify a female murder victim whose body was found in Detroit on April 10.

The skeletal remains were discovered in the yard of an abandoned home at 14151 Ward Avenue after cable installers found a skull in an alley near the home and contacted police, Sgt. Shannon Jones of the Homicide Missing Persons Unit said. Animals possibly separated the skull from the rest of the remains, she added.

Investigators don’t know whether the woman was killed at the site, or if the body was moved to the location following the murder. All of the homes on that street are either unoccupied or burned out, Jones said.


“If we have somebody that’s not reported missing, that’s your friend or family, someone that you worked with ... let us know so that we can start the process and try to bring closure to the family of someone who’s missing, as well as any information related to the assault,” Jones said at a Friday press briefing.

According to Jones, medical examiners estimate that the victim was possibly 21 to 29 years old, and may have been African American. They believe she was five-foot-four-inches tall, but could have been up to three inches taller or shorter.

Jones provided a photos of clothing recovered from the body: A pair of blue leather Polo tennis shoes in women’s size 8, and a pair of True Religion blue jeans with a 32-inch waist and a cloth belt. The woman is believed to also have been wearing a blue shirt, Jones said.

People who believe they may have information about the identify of the victim, or about the crime, are asked to contact the Detroit Police Homicide Department at (313) 596-2260, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP, or 1-800-773-2587.