Detroit man surrenders in case of missing girl, 4
Detroit — A man sought by police in the disappearance of a 4-year-old Ann Arbor girl turned himself in at a Detroit precinct Sunday morning.
Meanwhile, police were still working to determine if the bodies of a woman and a child found Saturday in a burned house on the city’s east side were those of the missing girl, Savannah Walker, and her mother.
Sgt. Michael Woody said Sunday morning that Marcus Hightower, 33, sought in Savannah’s disappearance, turned himself into police at the 9th Precinct.
Woody said no charges have been filed against Hightower but “he is a person of interest in a case.”
According to the Michigan Department of Corrections website, Hightower was released from parole on Sept. 9, 2014. He was convicted in 2007 on two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, fleeing police and carrying a concealed weapon in Wayne County, according to the Corrections Department website.
Police Chief James Craig said the two bodes were found in the east-side home on Lakeview Street at Forest Avenue around 6 a.m. Saturday.
Savannah was the subject of an Amber Alert issued early Saturday and she was reported missing on Tuesday to authorities in Livingston County.
Police have said the person last seen with Savannah was Hightower, the boyfriend of the mother.
On Saturday, Craig said the connection between the cases is possible but not confirmed.
The block before Lakeview and the block after were closed off with yellow police tape. Numerous houses in the area are abandoned, some with boarded-up windows.
“It has not yet been confirmed that these two people are the missing mother and daughter,” said Craig.
Police earlier said Hightower, a boyfriend of the mother, was the person last seen with Savannah.
Craig said a daughter of the missing mother reported her missing to the Brighton post on Friday and the Amber Alert was issued shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday.
Craig said it was not uncommon for people to cover their tracks by setting a house on fire.
He called the murders “tragic.”
“I’ve been very vocal about senseless violence,” he said. “Turn yourself in quickly.”
Neighbors standing around on nearby Eastlawn or standing on their porches did not want to talk about the incident.