Elderly woman found dead in well-being check

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — A 74-year-old woman was found dead inside her home early Wednesday afternoon after police and fire personnel forced entry into the dwelling, according to police.

Police said they are not investigating the death as a homicide.

Officials broke into the home around 2 p.m. on the 22400 block of Barbara Street near Schoolcraft Avenue and Outer Drive on the city’s west side, Officer Moreno said. They were responding to a 12:30 p.m. call from the woman’s family for a well-being check.

“She had not been seen since Sunday so (the family) asked the police to force entry to check on her because there was no answer when they knocked,” Officer Jennifer Moreno said.

The woman appeared to have suffered a medical emergency.

No foul play is suspected at this time, she said.

“The house was obviously secured if we had to have fire help force entry,” Moreno said. “Usually if we have to have the fire department force entry that means it’s battened down pretty good.”


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Staff Writer Candice Williams contributed.