Detroit police find 500-lb. pig in home’s basement

Detroit News staff and wire reports

Detroit police made quite the discovery Friday in a basement on the city’s west side: a pig they believe weighs nearly 500 pounds.

Officers were called to a home in the 10400 block of Orangelawn, where they spotted the hefty hog about 9:15 a.m., said Sgt. Cassandra Lewis, a spokeswoman for the Detroit Police Department.

It wasn’t clear how long the pig had been in the home. The owner of the home, a man in his early 60s, was found dead at another location on the same street earlier this week, Lewis said.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man as Gary Roquemore and said his cause of death was arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Roquemore lost a race for Wayne County commissioner in 2014.

Assistant Chief Steve Dolunt told WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) an anonymous tip led officers to the house and that the caller said the pig had been fed human remains.

A cadaver-sniffing dog was called in but nothing was found, Lewis said.

Dolunt also said “there is a stench emanating” from other nearby houses.

A farmer was enlisted to help remove the pig. Lewis said city animal control also was involved in the effort.