Police investigate possible murder-suicide involving Farmington Hills toddlers

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published February 26, 2018

OAK PARK/FARMINGTON HILLS — A possible murder-suicide in Bangor Township involving a local woman, her 2-year-old son and her 3-year-old daughter, both from Farmington Hills, is still under investigation.

Bay County Sheriff Troy Cunningham confirmed that at around 8:30 a.m. Feb. 20, someone found the bodies of Nikita Landrum, 31, and her two children and immediately called police.

“At this time, (it is) believed all three passed away from a gunshot wound; there was a handgun recovered at the scene. … We’re still investigating what took place,” Cunningham said, adding that the bodies were found on Wheeler Road, where the Bay County Drain Commission building is located. A drain commission employee reportedly found the bodies.

Cunningham said it’s unclear what led Landrum to drive about 100 miles from Farmington Hills and stop about 4 miles off of I-75.

“(We’re) wondering why that location or how did she come upon going there,” he said, adding that Landrum does not seem to have any ties to Bay County or Bangor Township.

Cunningham added that Landrum’s car was registered in Farmington Hills and her driver’s license listed a Livonia address.

A GoFundMe page has been set up on behalf of Dariel Walker, Landrum’s ex-boyfriend and the father of the two children, to assist with funeral expenses.

The page was created Feb. 21 and had already surpassed its $10,000 goal, with $12,840 raised as of Feb. 23.

A representative for the family could not be reached for comment by press time.

The GoFundMe page says that Walker’s daughter would have turned 4 in April and his son would have turned 3 in June.  

“Dariel was a wonderful, loving father who was completely dedicated to his children and their happiness,” the post reads, adding that funeral details will be posted “as soon as we receive them.”

Cunningham said that Landrum was staying with family in Oak Park, and on Feb. 16, the Oak Park Public Safety Department received a call requesting a wellness check on Landrum.

No further details were released; the Oak Park Public Safety Department was unable to respond for comment by press time.

Cunningham said that the Oak Park Public Safety Department is handling a lot of the investigation, along with the Michigan State Police.

MSP Lt. Michael Shaw, a public information officer, said in an email that the state police crime lab is providing assistance to the investigative agency, and he could not make any comments on the investigation.

He said that with all the agencies involved, everyone is taking their time to ensure that the investigation is being handled thoroughly, and he does not want to rule out everything else and automatically assume it was a murder-suicide.

“We’re not saying that it is not. ...  Our detectives are looking at discovery of the individuals with gunshot wounds,” he said, adding that his department is still investigating and “putting the pieces together.”

The medical examiner’s report from the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office’s Dr. Kanubhai Virani had not been released at press time.

Cunningham said that he spoke to Landrum’s family, and he had not heard that she was under any type of medical treatment or anything specific.

“That (is) stuff (we’re) still trying to figure out,” Cunningham said, adding that the next step is just waiting on everybody’s reports to come back and putting things in chronological order. He added that there will be phone and computer checks. Cunningham said that there was no note found in the vehicle and questions still abound.

“(We’re) still trying to find out why it happened and just making sure if it is a murder-suicide. Everything leads that way,” he said.

For more information, go to www.gofundme.com/walker-memorial-fund.