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16-year-old held after young woman found dead in woods

Associated Press

Grand Rapids Township — Authorities say a 16-year-old is in custody after the body of a young woman was found in a wooded area in western Michigan.

The Kent County sheriff’s department says in a statement the death of 18-year-old McKenna Elizabeth Hilton of Grand Rapids is being investigated as homicide. An autopsy is planned Friday.

Officials say the person in custody, also from Grand Rapids, knew the victim. The Grand Rapids Press reports an afternoon detention hearing was expected to be held in Kent County Family Court.

The sheriff’s department says Hilton’s body was found Thursday near a trail that’s near Emerald Lake in Grand Rapids Township, but likely was killed elsewhere.

Investigators say she appeared to have died within the last day.