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August 1, 2013

Police investigating deaths of local mother, daughter

Update: Suspect charged in court

By Nick Mordowanec

nmordowanec@candgnews.com

CLINTON TOWNSHIP – The lives of a mother and her daughter ended prematurely in a brutal act has left many questions.

Tina Geiger, 47, and her daughter Kristina, 11, were found dead on July 30 in their Parkway Village apartment near the crossroads of Metropolitan Parkway and Harper in Clinton Township.

Jay Thomas Miller, 29, was arraigned in accordance with the crime and appeared in 41B District Court on the afternoon of Aug. 2. He was charged with lying to police in a violent crime investigation and resisting and obstructing a police officer.

His bond is currently set at $200,000.

“He lives close to the crime scene,” Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said.

Maierle added that a “cutting instrument” was used in the attack, although no specific weapon was found at the scene of the crime.

The bodies of the mother and daughter, both reportedly mentally disabled, were discovered in their apartment by a security guard.

Maierle said that the security guard checked on the pair after the woman and her daughter were reported missing for several days.

As of press time, autopsies were still taking place.

Kristina was a student at Glen Peters School in the Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD). The school, along with a few others in the district, specializes in working with special needs children.

“As a school community we are all deeply saddened by what seems to be a senseless act,” said John Nader, principal of the school. “Krissy was a charming girl with an infectious smile who loved everybody and everybody loved her.

“It’s just very, very tragic.”

The school also released a memo expressing its grief, as well as noting a memorial fund set up at Charter One Bank to help cover funeral costs. Donations can be made at any Charter One branch. Checks can be made out to the Tina and Krissy Geiger Memorial Fund.

 Call Staff Writer Nick Mordowanec at (586) 279-1118.