In Detroit, an unidentified 59-year-old St. Clair Shores woman faces charges that she murdered and dismembered her own son. This follows the police discovering bags along the sides of roads which contained her son’s body parts.
Though the woman was arrested last friday, she hasn’t yet been officially charged. Prosecutors will likely review her arrest warrant on Monday. That is also when she will likely be charged.
According to Sgt. Jay Cohoe, speaking to the Port Huron Times Herald, the woman being currently held at the St. Clair Shores Police Department is the mother of the victim, her 32-year-old son.
The victim was reportedly missing since January 26, and his identity was confirmed through his fingerprints, which had been previously taken while he was alive for as yet unspecified reasons.
On Friday, his fingerprints were sent to the FBI, who verified that they matched the fingerprints of the man reported, by his mother, as having been missing since January 26.
The plastic trash bags containing the victim’s remains were discovered Thursday afternoon, about 50 miles northeast of Detroit, in the China and St. Clair Townships.
According to St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon, a white, heavy-set woman driving a grey-colored Chevy Blazer was seen by a witness tossing trash bags out of the vehicle on the highway and an adjoining road. CNN, CBS, and NBC are among the news outlets who have been covering the news of the man’s grisly murder and dismemberment.
According to St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Steve Campau, police officers looked inside one of the bags, and “discovered what they thought looked like human remains.”
Campeau added that investigators also found inside of one of the trash bags burnt documents and clothing which they believed belonged to the victim.
St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon has stated that he is very thankful for all of the tips the St. Clair County Police Department has received. He said that the one tip, in particular, about the heavy-set white woman driving a SUV, helped them in arresting the alleged murderer of the victim.
Donnellon acknowledged that detective work has changed a lot due to technological advances. He said that being able to use social media channels to get out a description of the suspect was useful in leading to her arrest.
St. Clair County Police Sheriff Donnellon added that the names of the woman and the victim and more information about the details of the arrest would be released on Monday, after the arraignment on what would probably be “an open murder charge.”
The murder and dismemberment of the 32-year-old Michigan man, allegedly by his own mother, has become the subject of headlines and news stories nationwide. The arrest of the alleged murderer took the combined efforts of excellent police work and the cooperation and tips of various witnesses.
Written by: Douglas Cobb