FBI and police dig in Detroit

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Police, FBI Dig For Body Of 2008 Murder Victim In Detroit

They're in a vacant lot in an east side neighborhood

May 22, 2018 - 3:28 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - A dig is underway as police search for human remains on Detroit's east side. 

Investigators with the FBI, Detroit Police Department, Michigan State Police and the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office are searching Tuesday, in the area of 7 Mile and Hoover, for clues in a homicide cold case. State police said they have a cadaver dog working the scene.

According to Detroit Police Captain Mike McGuinness, authorities received a tip that led them to a vacant field behind a home on Albion Avenue, at Lappin Street.

Specifically, he said, investigators are digging for the body of a murder victim in connection with a case potentially dating back to 2008. 

"The information that we received specific to this incident may or may not be credible. However, there was other information from the same individual that warranted us coming out here and checking," McGuinness said. 

"We did have an individual that's in custody that was brought to the scene here to help us with our search," he added, "and that's about as far as I'm going to go with that."

The victim is said to be a black man between the ages of 18 and 24. As far as a suspect, police are not releasing any details at this time. 

Police are working with the Missing Persons Database to get more information on the case as an investigation continues. 

Local resident Karen Estes, who works at a nearby daycare, said it's disheartening to learn that something like this is going on in her neighborhood.

"We all wanna know that we're safe in this neighborhood," Estes told WWJ's Sandra McNeill. "I mean, look at all the kids that are out down there now. You know, we don't know who it was, or what it was, or what happened and it is kind of frightening."

Part of the problem, she believes, is there are way too many vacant homes.

"A lot of us feel left behind because you see the downtown flourishing and all the things being built up down there, and they're just booming," Estes said. "But then you come out here to the neighborhoods and it's like what do you have?"

"You know, we're looking at these houses and these houses and you've got one or two good houses and then you've got the rest of these burned out houses."

When she moved to the neighborhood about a decade ago -- which is when the murder allegedly occurred -- Estes said this block was in a lot better shape. 

As of late Tuesday afternoon, police have not reported having found anything.