Officials have declared a murder-suicide in the case of two bodies found Sept. 6 in St. Clair Shores.

Officials have declared a murder-suicide in the case of two bodies found Sept. 6 in St. Clair Shores.

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Murder-suicide declared in St. Clair Shores deaths

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published September 11, 2018


ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores police have identified the bodies of a man and a woman found dead Sept. 6.

Detective Sgt. Matt McCallister said that a man’s body was found off the coast of Champine Park along Lake St. Clair at around 1:22 p.m. Sept. 6. 

According to a press release from the St. Clair Shores Police Department, a vehicle was found nearby that was registered to a man matching the physical description of the body found in the water. When police went to his address, on 12 Mile Road east of Harper Avenue, they discovered the body of a woman inside the home.

The bodies have now been identified as Norman Patterson, 92, and Marieta Patterson, 82. Norman Patterson’s death is believed to have been a suicide, and Marieta Patterson’s death has been ruled a homicide by means of blunt force trauma to the head and neck.

Neighbors said that Norman Patterson was in the hospital over Labor Day weekend. 

“They kind of stuck to themselves,” said Mike Sayig. Nevertheless, he said the couple were “good neighbors.”

“I talked to him last week after he got out of the hospital,” said Andy Saldana as the investigation unfolded at the home Sept. 6. “I don’t know what happened after that.”

McCallister said that police are unaware if Norman or Marieta Patterson had any type of long-term illnesses or history of mental illness.

He said police have yet to determine exactly how Norman Patterson drowned, and could only say that he was found a few feet offshore near Champine Park, on 12 Mile Road, at Jefferson Avenue.

McCallister said that police could not release what type of weapon had been used in Marieta Patterson’s death as of Sept. 10. St. Clair Shores police believe that the incident is a murder-suicide, and said in a press release that there is no reason to believe the community is in danger.

Police received assistance from the St. Clair Shores Fire Department, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division and the U.S. Coast Guard in removing Norman Patterson’s body from the lake, and help with the investigation from the Michigan State Police Crime Lab.

At press time, St. Clair Shores police said the investigation was continuing, and anyone with information about the case was asked to call the Police Department at (586) 445-5300 or the detective bureau at (586) 445-5305.