Police Identify Woman Found Dead In Northern Michigan; Suspect In Custody

WWJ News
December 13, 2019 - 10:18 am
Leelanau body investigation

(Photo:  Leelanau County Sheriff's Office)


(WWJ/AP) Authorities have identified a woman found dead in the snow in a rural area in northern Michigan as 62-year-old reported missing in Traverse City,

Police told 9 & 10 News that the woman and her husband, who are from the Chicago area, had been living in Traverse City for the past few months. Her husband reported her missing when he came home and did not find her there.

Investigators said the body had been dragged over a hill near Maple City. Authorities were called late Wednesday morning by a passerby who wondered if drag marks in the snow might have been caused by someone dumping a dead deer, Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich said

Police are treating this as a murder case, and say there is a possible suspect — who is not the woman's husband — already in custody on other charges.

Further details, as to if or how the suspect and the victim knew each other and motive for the killing, are unclear at this time. 

No names have been released as the investigation continues. 

Michigan State Police, Traverse City Police Department, Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office, the Grand Traverse Band Tribal Police and Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office have all assisted in the case.