Woman found deceased on Macomb Orchard Trail; no foul play suspected

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published January 4, 2018

 A trail crossing sign at 25 Mile and Shelby roads sits near where police discovered the body of a 64-year-old Shelby Township woman on the Macomb Orchard Trail Jan. 4.

A trail crossing sign at 25 Mile and Shelby roads sits near where police discovered the body of a 64-year-old Shelby Township woman on the Macomb Orchard Trail Jan. 4.

Photo by Sarah Wojcik

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 6:20 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, Shelby Township police received a phone call from the husband of a 65-year-old woman to report that she had left home sometime during the night and had not returned.

First responders searched the area around the woman’s residence, near 25 Mile and Shelby roads, and located her body within an hour on the Macomb Orchard Trail.

She reportedly suffered from dementia, according to a police press release.

Shelby Township Police Detective Lt. Jason Schmittler said police do not suspect foul play.

He said the woman was not dressed appropriately for the weather. Temperatures, with the wind chill, dropped into the negatives the night of Jan. 3.

“She walked down the trail probably a mile and a half,” Schmittler said.

Police Chief Robert Shelide said he does not think anyone, especially elderly people and children, should be going outside in frigid weather unless absolutely necessary, and that they should be bundled up properly to reduce the risk of health dangers.

He encouraged all residents to check on their loved ones regularly, especially the elderly, to make sure they have heat, food and water.

Frigid temperatures have hit the area hard since the new year and, with that, the chances increase for frostbite, hypothermia and other health risks, according to a Beaumont Hospital press release.

The early signs of frostbite include numbness, tingling and a lightening of skin color, according to the release.

Common symptoms of hypothermia include constant shivering, confusion, sleepiness, muscle stiffness, slurred speech, memory loss, pale skin and irrational behavior, according to the release.