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Woman found dead in Troy home, suspect arrested

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published March 21, 2019

Police arrested a suspect in Oak Park after a welfare check on a 61-year-old woman at a home on Shelley Drive, in the Stephenson Highway and Rochester Road area, revealed that the woman had been the victim of an apparent homicide.

According to the police report, at the request of family members police arrived at the home for the welfare check at 5:35 p.m. March 20, after attempts by the family to contact her had gone unanswered.

She had not been seen since March 18, according to the report.

Police said that upon arrival at the home they were initially unable to locate the woman, and they treated the incident as a missing person investigation.

According to the police report, police then found the woman deceased in the home. There had reportedly been efforts made to conceal the body. Police said they saw obvious signs of trauma.

An investigation led to a relative of the woman, according to the report. Police located the suspect in Oak Park and took the suspect into custody.

According to the report, police also questioned a person who resides at the Shelley Drive address.

Police said they are confident there is no threat to public safety at this time.

The release of further information is pending the notification of the woman’s family members.

The woman had been a resident of Troy for several years, according to the police report. Police said there had been no significant law enforcement contact at the home.

Police said they are grateful for the assistance of the Michigan State crime scene response team, which assisted Troy police evidence technicians, and to the Oak Park Department of Public Safety.