A suspect is expected to be charged in the death of a Detroit teenager whose body was found last week on eastbound Interstate 94 near Eight Mile in St. Clair Shores, Michigan State Police said Wednesday.
The Macomb County District Attorney’s Office has authorized a two-count warrant for a 20-year-old Southfield man in connection with the death, MSP said Thursday on Twitter.
“The suspect will be arraigned early tomorrow morning at the 40th District Court,” officials said.
Authorities arrested two suspects in the girl’s death, but later released one of them, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
“The Second District Special Investigations Unit executed two search warrants in the Town of Southfield as part of the homicide investigation of a 17-year-old female at I-94 and 8 Mile,” the tweet read. “The suspect(s) have been taken into custody. The investigation is ongoing.”
The teenager’s body was found around 7:45 Friday morning on I-94 near Eight Mile. Investigators closed the highway for about four hours and brought in a canine unit to search the area. The police tried to determine whether the girl was a victim of a crime or died on the highway.
Investigators said Oct. 14 that the victim is a Detroit resident, but declined to release her name because she was a juvenile, MSP Lt. Mike Shaw said. She was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head.
A GoFundMe campaign launched this week Taya Land introduced the victim.
“Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated,” organizer Jodi Taylor said on the site. “He leaves behind a one-year-old daughter. Any donation beyond the funeral costs will go towards raising his daughter.”
Police have asked anyone who may have CCTV footage of the incident on October 14 to contact police.
“If you have a dash cam in your car or truck and were on the road at the time, we ask that you check any video for anything suspicious,” state police said.
Anyone with information about the victim, the incident or the suspects should call Michigan State Police Metro North at (248) 584-5740. Tips can be submitted anonymously to Michigan Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) SPEAK-UP.
Staff writer Mark Hicks contributed