Police dig at Detroit house in cold case

George Hunter
The Detroit News
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Detroit — Local, state and federal authorities are digging behind a Detroit house in hopes of solving a cold-case homicide.

Detroit Police, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, Michigan State Police and the FBI are participating in the search near Seven Mile and Groesbeck, police Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood said Tuesday.

"It's from an old cold case from about 10 years ago," Kirkwood said.

Detroit Police Capt. Michael McGinnis with the department's Homicide Division said investigators received a tip from a suspect who is in custody that the body of a man between the ages of 18 to 24 may be buried on the property.

"We received information that potentially a homicide victim could be buried in a vacant field," he told the media during a news conference at the scene. said. "The incident potentially happened in 2008."

McGinnis said the victim's identity is unknown. He said Tuesday afternoon that police had not yet found anything on the property, but they are in the preliminary stages of the dig.

He also declined to elaborate further on the source of the information.

"We're following up on information that may or may not be credible," he said. "That's why were here digging today."

Detroit News staff writer Charles E. Ramirez contributed.

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