Jessica Flood

Jessica Flood (Facebook photo_

Michigan Woman Strangled; Body Hidden In Hotel Room For 5 Days

June 28, 2018 - 12:26 pm

MOUNT MORRIS, Mich. (WWJ/AP) - Two people have been charged with murder after complaints about an awful odor led to the discovery of a woman's body stuffed under a Michigan motel bed for five days.

Authorities say 28-year-old Jessica Ranae Flood of Flint was strangled on June 20. Her body was found Monday under a bed at the Great Western Inn in on Pierson Road in Mount Morris Township, near Flint.

According to a statement from Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton, Aaron Thornton and Jennifer Harrington are charged with first-degree murder and unlawful imprisonment.

Thornton was arraigned on Tuesday, June 26, and Harrington was formally charged on Wednesday, June 27, in Genesee District Court. Bond was denied for the pair, and both are being held in the Genesee County Jail. reports that separately, Thornton and Harrington are recovering from gunshot wounds from a drug-related shooting, unrelated to Flood's murder, less than a week earlier in the township. Court records indicate Thornton and Harrington don't have attorneys yet who could be contacted for comment.

Police have not released any details as far as a motive for the slaying, but did say the two charged were familiar with the victim. 

In a her Facebook 'About Me' section, Flood said she "loved to dance and show off...haha," adding that she hoped to marry rapper Eminem or actor Jason Statham one day.

"But until that happens I'll stick with the Flint boys," she continued. "Love to exercise (hence the rock hard abs lol). Love sports especially football and baseball, basketball is ok. Love to dance, love music and love to party. Also love fashion, makeup is something I would love to do for a living. Also interested in possibly bein a personal trainer." 

A memorial service for Flood was scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Swartz Funeral Home in Flint, with visitiation beforehand beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.