Police: Latest remains are animal, not human

By: Cortney Casey | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published September 4, 2012


The 15 Mile and Schoenherr area may be on high alert after body parts were discovered in a sewer Aug. 15, but police confirmed that remains found nearby the following week came from an animal.

Lt. Luke Riley of the Sterling Heights Police Department said someone from Serenity Animal Hospital alerted police after coming across the remains in a field the afternoon of Aug. 23.

The origin of the parts wasn’t immediately known — “There were probably some initial doubts until they were looked at by the (medical examiner),” said Riley — but the medical examiner confirmed that an analysis definitively revealed them as belonging to an animal.

Riley said it’s unclear what happened to the creature, but quipped that it wasn’t anything “satanic.” There are many deer in the area, he said, and it’s possible the animal was struck by a car or suffered some other natural or accidental fate.

Police are still investigating the source of human body parts found west of there, in a section of the Oakland-Macomb Interceptor near 15 Mile and Maple Lane. Crews involved in ongoing repairs found the remains, and investigators are awaiting DNA tests and hoping a tattoo on the skin will draw a legitimate tip to steer them to the victim’s identity.