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Garden City — A Canton woman has been identified after her body was found dead Tuesday in the backyard of a Garden City home.

Tina Crosson, 53, was identified as the woman found in the 31900 block of Alvin, according to Wayne County Medical Examiner spokeswoman Mary Mazur.

Crosson was identified by her husband.

A microchip in a dog found with the body led police to an identification, Garden City Police Chief Robert Muery said. The microchip provided police with the name of the dog’s breeder, who led them to Crosson.

“The breeder was contacted by investigators and they were able to obtain additional information,” he said.

Police do not suspect foul play.

“At this point we do not believe the death was the result of a criminal act, but detectives are keeping an open mind as the investigation continues,” Muery said.

An autopsy was performed Wednesday and results are pending further testing and investigation, said Mazur.

Police were called around 10 a.m. Tuesday after a man reported spotting the body behind the home in an area west of Merriman and north of Cherry Hill.

The woman did not live at the home and was not dressed for the cold weather. Temperatures dropped to 11 degrees Tuesday morning with a wind chill of zero.

Police do not know why Crosson was in the backyard, but believe she has family in the area, Muery said.

The dog was being cared for at Lucky Dog Day Care in Garden City.

Detroit News Staff Writers Tom Greenwood and Candice Williams contributed.

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