Bond Denied For Westland Man Charged With Murder Of Woman Found In Hines Park

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January 14, 2020 - 1:29 pm
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WESTLAND (WWJ) - A murder charge has been added against a Westland man charged in the death of a young woman found in Hines Park last summer

Anthony Kesteloot, 25, was arraigned video in 18th District Court on Tuesday. Bond was denied, and a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. 

Anthony Kesteloot
Anthony Kesteloot (Booking photo)
The body of 23-year-old Olivia Rossi of Westland was discovered in Hines Park on Aug. 23, 2019, after authorities allege Kesteloot strangled her. 

According to investigators, Kesteloot picked Rossi up in his truck the night of Sunday, August 18; eventually taking her back to his house in the 29150 block of Manchester.

"The pair reportedly had sex and smoked crack cocaine together, which was supplied by Kesteloot for their encounter," Det. Sergeant Chris Gazdecki testified in 18th District Court last year. "During this time Kesteloot choked Rossi by the throat until she no longer responded with signs of life."

Once she was dead, Gazdecki said: "Kesteloot wrapped Rossi in bloody sheets and inserted her into the clothing hamper in his room. Kesteloot transported Rossi from the residence in his truck. Kesteloot drove to nearby Hines Park and disposed of the hamper, the linens and the body of Olivia Rossi, into the Rouge River." 

Family members, who reported Rossi missing three days later, said she and Kesteloot were friends who knew each other since high school. 

Kesteloot was arrested following and investigation by Westland police and charged by Wayne County Prosecutors with Disinterment of a Dead Body, Obstruction of Justice, Removing a Dead Body, Failure to Report a Dead Body and Tampering with Evidence in a Criminal Case. 

Although police said Kesteloot allegedly confessed to killing Rossi, he was not immediately charged with her murder. 

Then, on Monday, Jan. 13, prosecutors announced that the original case was dismissed and re-issued adding the charge of Open Murder. It's unclear what additional evidence authorities may have, or what else led to this development. 

Kesteloot is now charged with Open Murder, Disinterment of a Dead Body, Obstruction of Justice, Removing a Dead Body, Failure to Report a Dead Body and Tampering with Evidence in a Criminal Case.

Kestleoot's defense attorney, Randall Upshaw, doesn't dispute the death, but does object to the murder charge.

"At this point they have to try to show that it was a murder. Not that there was a death, but that it was a murder," Upshaw said. "We never disputed that there was a death. We never disputed that we knew of the death, but we always stated that there was no murder."

Kestleoot will be back in court for a Probable Cause Conference on Jan. 23, followed by a Preliminary Examination set for Jan. 30.