Suspicious Death, Elba Township

Lapeer County Sheriff EmblemOn Wednesday 11-09-2016 around noon, the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office received tip information regarding a buried body on private property at a residence located on Davison Road in Lapeer (Elba Township). Deputies immediately visited the residence and independently verified that a area of ground appeared to be consistent with a fresh grave site.

A search warrant was sought and granted for the premises. Lapeer County Deputies excavated the dirt sufficient enough to confirm that a human body was buried. The Michigan State Police Bridgeport Crime Lab was summoned to aid Lapeer County Deputies with evidence collection when retrieving the deceased individual from the burial site.

The dismembered decedent was transported to the Lapeer County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy. Deputies were able to identify the decedent as a 37 year old female from Flint. The death had recently occurred. Lapeer County Deputies continued the investigation on Thursday 11-10-2016. Preliminary investigation suggested that the home/property owner is not involved. During the afternoon hours, a 36 year old male from Flint was developed as a person of interest. The 36 year old from Flint is an acquaintance of the Davison Road home owner.

Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies obtained a search warrant for the 36 year old Flint man’s residence which is located within a residential area near the major intersections of Center Road and Lapeer Road within the City of Flint. The Flint Office of the ATF, Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies, and Lapeer County Sheriff’s Special Response Team assisted Lapeer County Sheriff’s Detectives executed the search warrant in Flint around 5 PM on Thursday 11-10-2016. While executing the search warrant in Flint, the 36 year old male was located and taken into
custody. This individual was lodged in the Lapeer County Jail.

The death is being deemed “suspicious” and no formal criminal charges have been filed. This remains an active investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office and further information will be available at a later date.

Date of release: Friday 11-11-2016 Authority: D/Sgt. Jason Parks