Police continue to investigate body found at mobile home

Authorities waiting on lab results from medical examiner

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published May 3, 2016


MADISON HEIGHTS — At press time, authorities were investigating the circumstances of a woman’s death in Madison Heights.

Cynthia Marie McCabe, 56, was found dead April 19 inside her home at Ackels Mobile Home Community, located at 25151 Dequindre Road.

The deceased was reportedly found by her husband, who also lives at the residence. The husband called 911 and reported the incident.

“At this point, it’s just an ongoing death investigation. The cause and manner are unknown at this point,” Madison Heights Police Lt. Michael Siladke said last week. “This could be due to natural causes. That’s not unusual — it happens everywhere in the city. Our officers respond to unattended deaths all the time. But we don’t make a determination (regarding cause) until we hear for sure from the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office.”

At press time, the medical examiner was still conducting the autopsy and toxicology tests. Madison Heights detectives were waiting for the lab results. Their investigation has also been assisted by the Michigan State Police. There were no suspects or suspicion of foul play as of last week.

Siladke said he isn’t aware of any similar incidents at the mobile home community in the past.

“We occasionally have a call for service there now and again, but nothing like this,” Siladke said. “It’s relatively quiet there.”

While it’s currently unknown what happened to McCabe, Siladke said there are a number of ways people can help those around them.

If family members are concerned about a loved one’s physical or mental health and well-being, or issues such as addiction, they can call the Madison Heights Police Department and an officer will be sent out to check in on the individual at their home. If the person is deemed a hazard to themselves or others, the officer can have them checked in at the hospital.

Beyond that, there are additional resources like crisis counseling available from groups including Lighthouse, a nonprofit helping low-income families with basic necessities; HAVEN, for victims of domestic violence; and Common Ground, for cases involving mental illness, homelessness, youth runaways and more.

“These organizations are very good at pointing people in the right direction and providing assistance for whatever issues their family may be facing,” Siladke said.

If you have any information on this or other incidents, call the Madison Heights Police Department at (248) 837-2732.