Police: Mom is accused of killing, dismembering son

Marlon A. Walker.

Officers from the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department investigate a scene where bags of human remains were discovered Jan. 30, 2014, in St. Clair Township, Mich.
  • Police say 59-year-old woman had been staying with 32-year-old son.
  • Mom had reported son missing last week.
  • Woman is expected to be arraigned Monday.
  • DETROIT — The 59-year-old woman accused of killing and dismembering her 32-year-old son had been staying with him while work was being done on her St. Clair Shores, Mich., Home, police said Sunday.

    St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon said the suspect is expected to be arraigned Monday in Macomb County, Mich., On charges of putting the son’s body parts into four garbage bags and tossing them out the window of her SUV — in broad daylight — at various spots around rural China and St. Clair townships.

    An autopsy has been performed, Donnellon said, but the results were incomplete Sunday pending the findings from toxicology testing.

    Although the body parts were dumped in St. Clair County, investigators believe the victim was killed and dismembered at his home in St. Clair Shores in Macomb County.

    The woman filed a missing person’s report on the son Jan. 27, saying he had not been seen in about a day. Dismembered remains belonging to the man were found Thursday in garbage bags in rural parts of St. Clair and China townships. The remains were later identified by the FBI through fingerprints.

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    The woman was arrested Friday. Police had been searching for a heavyset, middle-aged, white woman who was seen dumping garbage from her SUV in the area Thursday.

    The woman is being held at the St. Clair Shores Police Department, pending a review of a warrant request Monday by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, police said.

    Bagged body parts were found discarded in four locations. Police also recovered a fifth bag containing clothes and other nonperishable items.

    St. Clair Shores Police Detective Sgt. Jay Cohoe said one limb remains missing, and authorities continue to look for evidence in the case. He said the evidence so far is leading authorities to believe the crimes occurred in St. Clair Shores, and investigators are focusing on the victim’s residence.

    Police are not naming the suspect because she has yet to be arraigned on charges. The victim’s name also is being withheld, with police fearing that identifying him would automatically identify the suspect. Information about the case spread quickly through social media, with some identifying the family. Police fueled speculation by showing up at the homes of the victim and the suspect as they continued to investigate.

    After arresting the suspect, investigators from both departments searched two locations in St. Clair Shores, the man’s residence and the mother’s home, police said.

    Sunday, two candles sat on the porch in front of what is believed to be the victim’s home. A U.S. Flag flew over the unit’s red front door. Neighbors there declined to talk about the man Sunday.

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    Cohoe said police have had contact with the pair in the past with incidents, sometimes involving family trouble. He said the investigation is focusing on one person, but when asked whether other people are involved, Cohoe said, “There’s still many questions.”.

    Contributing: Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press.