Cops find body, may be suspect in grandma’s death
Springfield Township — A body believed to be that of 15-year-old Steven Kelvin Wilkerson, who police think stabbed his grandmother to death, was found Tuesday on railroad tracks in Holly, in northern Oakland County.
The grim discovery was made about 9 a.m., a few hours after the 65-year-old woman’s lifeless body was found in her home in the Oak Hills Mobile Home park in Springfield Township a few miles away, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said.
In a news release, Undersheriff Michael McCabe said detectives “located a body, believed to be the suspect, on the railroad tracks in the Village of Holly. It is obvious the body was struck by a passing train.”
The vehicle, its keys still inside it, was found a few hundred yards away in the parking lot of the Red Devil restaurant in Holly’s business district, police said.
A relative reported the death of the woman – whose identity had not been released Tuesday afternoon – in the bedroom of her home in the 17000 block of Sleepy Hollow Boulevard, near Dixie Highway, about 5:42 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office. It is believed she was killed sometime after midnight.
Sheriff’s investigators said earlier Tuesday they were seeking the whereabouts of Wilkerson and had put out a “Be-On-Lookout” bulletin for him and the missing Pontiac.
“A note, left behind by the suspect who lived at a nearby address, indicated he was planning on doing something violent,” said McCabe.
Wilkerson’s note said he was going to kill his grandmother, investigators said, adding that they had no motive for the killing.
McCabe said Wilkerson’s bicycle was found outside the victim’s home. A large kitchen knife was recovered by deputies.
An autopsy determined the woman died of multiple stab wounds. An autopsy on the remains recovered along the railroad tracks was scheduled for Wednesday.
Operators of the mobile home park declined to comment on the incident, or the victim, who reportedly worked at the community swimming pool.
A man at the Wilkerson home who identified himself as Steven’s father declined to be interviewed Tuesday. Neighbors of the woman declined to be named but described the victim as generous to their children, even gifting them with toys.
They said she took pride in keeping her home and yard neat. Flowered pots decorated her front porch, where several hand-crafted, painted “Welcome” signs hung from the front door.
One next-door neighbor said she had arrived at her own home around midnight and the victim’s car was parked in its usual spot. But on Tuesday she woke up to the sight of a sheriff’s crime scene truck parked at the house.