Officers from the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department investigate a scene where bags of human remains were discovered Jan. 30, 2014, at the intersection Allington and Fred Moore Highway in St. Clair Township. Police are searching for a middle-aged white woman driving a late '90s gray or tan sport utility vehicle. (Jeffrey Smith / AP)
St. Clair County authorities are turning to the medical examiner’s office to determine the sex and cause of death of a dismembered body found in a number of bags dumped along a rural road in China Township.
The mystery deepened early Friday morning when another bag, containing clothing and charred paperwork, was found near the entrance ramp of westbound Interstate 94 from Fred Moore Highway.
This comes a day after the grisly discovery began at about 4 p.m. when a citizen called in a suspicious situation in the area of Allington Road and Fred Moore Highway. Responding detectives and deputies found garbage bags containing body parts.
According to St. Clair Count Sheriff Tim Donnellon, the body parts are believed to belong to “one person,” a white male. They have been turned over to the county medical examiner’s office for an autopsy slated for Friday afternoon.
“A citizen told detectives that she had observed a mid-1990s SUV, possibly a GMC Jimmy or Chevrolet Trailblazer in the area, dumping what she thought was garbage out of a vehicle,” Donnellon said. “The driver was described as a heavy-set, middle-aged white female.”
Authorities blocked off a stretch of the highway as detectives scoured the scene for evidence through 10 p.m. Thursday. It is an area marked by homes with long country driveways with towering trees and no streetlights.
Then a second tip from a citizen lead to the discovery of another bag containing clothing and burned paperwork alongside the ramp to I-94 at about 5 a.m. Friday. Detectives were checking the contents of the bag to see if there is any connection to the dismembered body.
Members of the Michigan State Police Forensic Crime Lab assisted in evidence collection Thursday at the scene of the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office at (810) 985-8115.