A 59-year-old St. Clair Shores woman is in custody in connection with the dumping of a dismembered body found intrash bags dumped Thursday along a rural road in China Township.
The woman, who is not being identified by police, is awaiting arraignment.
The body parts are believed to be a 32-year-old white male from St. Clair Shores who was reported missing Jan. 26, according to police.
The investigation began Thursday when the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene of a grisly discovery near Allington Road and Fred Moore Highway. A citizen called in a suspicious situation at around 4 p.m. Detectives found garbage bags containing body parts discarded along the road.
The Sheriff’s Department identified a suspicious vehicle on surveillance video and released images to the public.
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.
The discarded remains were processed by police and fingerprints were taken from the male, which matched previous prints taken from the missing man.
On Friday night, the 59-year-old woman was taken into custody. Police say they executed two search warrants in the 22000 block of Rosedale and 23000 block of Gary Lane in St. Clair Shores for evidence in connection with the slaying and dismemberment of the 32-year-old man.
Sgt. Jay Cohoe confirmed to the Port Huron Times Herald that the St. Clair Shores woman is the mother of the 32-year-old victim. The Associated Press couldn’t reach Cohoe for comment Saturday.
Police say evidence was obtained and sent to the Michigan State Police Crime Lab in Sterling Heights for processing.
A warrant request will be forwarded to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office for review on Monday, police say.
Associated Press contributed to this report.