Missing Southfield man found dead in Sterling Heights field

By: Jessica Strachan | C&G Newspapers | Published December 13, 2013

The nearly six-week search for Southfield’s 75-year-old Sheldon Myron Leider came to an end this week after the body of a man found in Sterling Heights was identified, according to Detective Lt. Kevin Reese of the Sterling Heights Police Department.

“He was never seen in Sterling Heights, but a short time after he went missing, his car was found at 18 Mile and Mound (roads). That’s how we got involved in trying to locate him,” Reese said about the department. “We worked in conjunction with the Southfield Police Department, and when a body was found in proximity to where his car was located, we contacted them.”

According to Lt. Nick Loussia of the Southfield Police Department, Leider — a resident of Highland Towers, the senior living complex near 11 Mile and Greenfield roads — was last seen by his family in late October.

On Oct. 25, his vehicle was found in Sterling Heights, unoccupied, with no evidence of a crime in or around the vehicle. By Oct. 31, Leider, who was schizophrenic, according to police reports, was entered into the Law Enforcement Network as an endangered/missing person.

Loussia said Leider’s family feared that he was off of his medication and may have been disoriented. Police asked for the public’s help in searching for the man, but no information came in, police said.

Then, on Dec. 6, an employee of a local business found the body of a man in a wooded area in the back of the building, near 18 Mile and Mound, according to Reese.

The body was later identified as Leider, and according to Hebrew Memorial, his services were held Dec. 11 at the David Oppenheim Memorial Chapel at Machpelah Cemetery in Ferndale.

Reese said there was no evidence of foul play.