Missing Sterling Heights woman found dead in Shelby Township

Police do not suspect foul play

By: Kara Szymanski | C&G Newspapers | Published January 6, 2020

 The Shelby Township Police Department found the body of Ghaida Haddad, 51, of Sterling Heights, Jan. 4. Haddad had gone missing from the Marshalls store on Hall Road Dec. 27. Police do not suspect foul play.

The Shelby Township Police Department found the body of Ghaida Haddad, 51, of Sterling Heights, Jan. 4. Haddad had gone missing from the Marshalls store on Hall Road Dec. 27. Police do not suspect foul play.

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The missing woman for whom the Shelby Township Police Department had been searching was found deceased Jan. 4.

Ghaida Haddad, 51, of Sterling Heights, went missing while shopping with a family member at the Marshalls store on Hall Road, east of Schoenherr Road, in Shelby Township.

According to police, Haddad walked out of Marshalls alone at 2 p.m. Dec. 27 and had not been seen for a week.

At approximately noon Jan. 4, a search party found Haddad deceased not far from the location where she had gone missing.

She was found lying under a line of trees near a retention pond on the west side of Hayes Road, north of 21 Mile Road.

No foul play was suspected, police said.

Previously, police had said that a trail camera recorded Haddad walking in the area of Valenti Drive on the day that she went missing.

“They located a trail cam that someone had put up on their property and found footage of her walking at approximately 3 p.m. on Dec. 27,” Leslie Heisler, the Shelby Township Police Department’s community services officer, stated in an email last week.

Adding to the concerns about Haddad was that she had been under a doctor’s care and was without her medicine while missing, Heisler said.

On Jan. 3, police had searched the area near Marshalls and were not able to locate Haddad.

“We searched the immediate area by drone, helicopter, K-9 and by foot. The police search today was not in response to any specific leads or information; we are merely exhausting all investigative options,” Shelby Township Police Capt. Jason Schmittler said in an email Jan. 3.

The Shelby Township Police Department thanked everyone who helped in the efforts to locate Haddad.

“We would like to offer our condolences to the Haddad family at this difficult time. We would also like to thank the volunteers involved in the search, as well as the Macomb and Oakland County sheriff’s departments and Michigan State Police for contributing considerable resources in the efforts to find her,” Lt. Patrick Barnard stated in a press release.

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