Police continue to investigate woman’s death
25-year-old mother reportedly found beaten in home on Garrick
Posted December 13, 2013
WARREN — Warren detectives continued to follow several investigative leads last week in the days after a woman was found dead inside of the home she rented south of Nine Mile Road and east of Dequindre.
A family member reportedly found the body of Shalisa Lemia O’Dell, 25, inside of the home on Garrick at noon Dec. 8. Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green said O’Dell apparently suffered a head wound and was found on the living room floor by a cousin who arrived to check on her.
“Some family members, including her dad, were concerned about her well-being because she hadn’t been heard from in a few days,” Green said. “The cousin who actually discovered the body was watching (O’Dell’s) 2-year-old son.”
Green said the cousin went to O’Dell’s home and entered through a back window when she didn’t answer the door. She called 911 when she found O’Dell on the floor inside.
“It appeared there was a struggle. There was a lot of blood at the scene,” Green said. “It doesn’t appear to be a robbery. The preliminary indications are there was blunt-force trauma to the head. We haven’t ruled out a sexual assault.”
An autopsy conducted Dec. 9 reportedly revealed evidence that the woman was beaten with a blunt object of some kind. A post-mortem sexual assault examination was also conducted.
Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills said investigators were working to establish a timeline to determine when O’Dell was last seen or heard from. Mills said O’Dell could have been dead for a day or two before her body was discovered.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Warren detectives at (586) 574-4810.
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