Detroit police now lead search for missing Eastpointe teen

‘Person of interest’ turned himself in for questioning

By: Brian Louwers | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 21, 2022

 Zion Foster, 17, reportedly was last seen Jan. 4 and last heard from early Jan. 5. She was further described as 5 feet, 1 inch tall and 120 pounds. Anyone with information about the case or Zion Foster’s whereabouts can reach the Eastpointe Police Department at (586) 445-5100.

Zion Foster, 17, reportedly was last seen Jan. 4 and last heard from early Jan. 5. She was further described as 5 feet, 1 inch tall and 120 pounds. Anyone with information about the case or Zion Foster’s whereabouts can reach the Eastpointe Police Department at (586) 445-5100.

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DETROIT/EASTPOINTE — A “person of interest” was in Detroit police custody Jan. 20 amid an ongoing search for answers in the disappearance of 17-year-old Zion Foster, of Eastpointe.

Foster reportedly was last seen on the evening of Jan. 4 wearing a uniform for work at Detroit Wing Co. She last reportedly contacted her family by text message early Jan. 5 to say that she was on her way home.

Police believe Foster was with Jaylin Brazier at the time, who was later identified as the person of interest.

On Jan. 19, Detroit Police Chief James White held a press conference to share information about two missing-person cases, including Foster’s disappearance. White said the Detroit Police Department had taken over as the lead investigating agency in the Foster case because the teen’s last known location was in Detroit.

Brazier was described by police as Foster’s cousin through marriage. Police believe Foster’s last known location was Brazier’s residence in Detroit, in the area of Greenfield Road and the James Couzens Freeway, near Vassar Avenue.

“We are extremely concerned about a missing woman out of Eastpointe,” White said at the press conference, which was shared on the Detroit Police Department’s Facebook page. “We decided that Detroit will be the lead (agency). Eastpointe is here and will continue to support and assist us, as well as our federal partners.”

Detective Lt. Robert Koenigsmann, of the Eastpointe Police Department, said that investigators from Detroit, Eastpointe and the FBI were still working on the case at press time Jan. 20.

Brazier reportedly turned himself in at a Detroit Police Department precinct Jan. 19, but no further information was available.

Foster was further described as 5 feet, 1 inch tall and 120 pounds.

Anyone with information about the case or Zion Foster’s whereabouts can reach the Eastpointe Police Department at (586) 445-5100.

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