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Woman found slain after card, car used at store

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A 40-year-old woman, who’d been reported missing by her family, was found slain in her home on Detroit’s east side Tuesday night. Police have arrested a man accused of using her credit cards and stealing her car.

The woman’s family had been monitoring her credit cards, and noticed that one had been used recently, said officer Jennifer Moreno, a Detroit Police Department spokeswoman.

Family members had only reported the woman as a missing person hours earlier on Tuesday afternoon, said officer Nicole Kirkwood of the Detroit Police Department.

It was about 8:50 p.m. The family called police, who tracked down the card, and a 28-year-old man suspected of using it, at a liquor store on the 11900 block of Gratiot. Police also found the woman’s car parked at the store.

Police arrested the suspect for possession of a stolen vehicle, and he’s in custody at the Detroit Detention Center.

After the arrest, officers backtracked to the missing woman’s home on the 5800 block of Cooper, which is north of East Warren and east of Gratiot. There, in an upstairs bedroom, police found the woman slain, with a gunshot wound to her body.

The relationship between the suspect and victim isn’t immediately known, but police are investigating, Kirkwood said.