Jodi Taylor and suspect sketch

Jodi Taylor and suspect sketch (Courtesy of Crime Stoppers)

Tips Wanted To ID Suspect In Fatal Beating Of 24-Year-Old Woman [VIDEO+SKETCH]

$2,500 reward offered in the case

September 05, 2018 - 4:44 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) - Police have renewed a call for tips in the case of a 24-year-old woman murdered in Detroit. 

Jodi Taylor was fatally assaulted at around 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, behind the old Cooley High School, located at 15055 Hubbell near Fenkell Rd. on Detroit’s west side.

According to the family, Taylor -- who went by the nickname "Diamond" -- was seen walking with an unknown male behind the school. When the man fled the area, a concerned good Samaritan went behind the school to check on the woman. Taylor was discovered in distress, staggering and holding her neck. The good Samaritan called 911 and Taylor was taken to a local hospital where she died.

Taylor had suffered severe "trauma to her body" -- and authorities believe she was beaten to death. 

Fenkell and Lauder murder suspect
Suspect is seen on security camera (Photo: DPD)

Taylor graduated from Oak Park Academy and went on to further her education through trade school, studying nursing with hopes of becoming a fulltime nurse one day. Taylor was employed as a transporter for Providence Hospital, and attended Rhema International Church in Harper Woods. She loved to be the center of attention, her mother said, as the comedian of the family. 

Following the fatal assault, police released a sketch and a video of the suspect, but as no one has come forward with a tip to identify him, Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to an arrest in this case. 

Anyone with information about this crime should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. Tips may also be submitted online at this link, or by texting CSM and the tip to CRIMES (2746370). As always, tipsters may stay 100 percent anonymous, will not be asked their name, to speak to police or to testify in court.

Cash rewards are paid by Crime Stoppers upon an arrest.