Body parts were discovered along a snowy road in rural Michigan late Thursday afternoon, in four different locations. Some remains were in garbage bags, some were not. Authorities believe the remains are those of a white man. Early Friday, a bag of clothes and burned papers was found near the Interstate 94 ramp.
The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department is in charge of the investigation, which began Thursday after a female witness notified the sheriff’s department that she saw a middle-aged woman dumping the garbage bags off a snowy road in the small community of China Township. Another witness saw the garbage bags being dumped, also. The body parts include a head and torso, which were strewn in the snow. It is not known how many bags were found, or any specific details about the remains.
Authorities are now looking for a middle-aged, heavyset white woman who drives a white or gray 1990s GMC Jimmy or Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV. Although the investigation is in the early stages, this case is being treated as a homicide. The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department has sought assistance from the Michigan State Police Crime Lab. They are counting the number of body parts discovered in the snow, and whether they are from one person or more. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday afternoon.
If anyone has any information related to this case, it is suggested they contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office at 810-985-8115.
China Township, Michigan
East China Township has approximately 7,340 residents, with the cost of living nearly 10 percent lower than the rest of the United States. Job growth is nil, and the unemployment rate is more than 10 percent. It is ranked number 2 for most residents having hypertension, and number 5 for one of the most stressful cities to live in in 2012. The crime rate is pretty low, rated number 2, compared with the U.S. average of 4. This counts for murder and manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. For property crimes, it is number 3, with a U.S. average of 4. This includes burglary, larceny or theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.
Body Parts in Michigan Sewer
The recent discovery of body parts in China Township is accompanied by a story from last year, in which city workers discovered body parts in the sewers in Macomb County. The remains were those of a Caucasian, and the body parts were fatty tissue and skin, authorities said. The sex was not known.
This discovery was suspected to be related to prior locations of body parts in Sterling Heights and Warren, in August 2012 and December 2012, respectively. The body parts were suspected to have belonged to white women. The remains from Sterling had tattoos, and were thought to be from a tall woman, and the tattoos were believed to be between 15 and 20 years old.
The remains in Warren had no tattoos, and it was difficult for local authorities to determine which remains belonged to whom. As they were dumped upstream and found in the sewers, the evidence was troublesome to piece together.
By Juana Poareo