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Stepson arrested after Detroit woman found strangled

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — Two people are in custody after a woman was found dead Tuesday evening in her home on the city’s east side.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday said the woman was identified by her sister as Ellen Aubrey, 57, of 6000 block of Casmere.

An autopsy conducted on Wednesday concluded that strangulation was the cause of Aubrey’s death, which has been ruled a homicide, said Mary Mazur, spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office.

Police discovered Aubrey around 7:30 p.m. in her home on the 6000 block of Casmere near Mound and Mount Elliott, Police were called to the home for a wellness check after neighbors reported they hadn’t seen the woman in a few days, according to Sgt. Michael Woody.

“Officers discovered (the woman) deceased, wrapped in a blanket in the basement on the floor,” Woody said.

Police identified the woman’s stepson, a male in his 20s, as a suspect and determined he might travel to a home on the 7200 block of Chalmers in Warren.

While en route to the location, officers observed the suspect parked at a gas station near Eight Mile and Van Dyke in Warren, accompanied by a female acquaintance who lives at the home on Chalmers, according to Warren Deputy Commissioner Louis Galasso.

“The homicide detectives from DPD flagged down a (Warren) scout car and explained the circumstances and pointed out the suspect,” Galasso said. “Our officers approached and attempted to identify the occupant, believing it to be the suspect, and the vehicle sped off.”

Galasso said Warren police pursued the vehicle through Warren and into Detroit.

“He was driving through red lights, determined to elude police,” he said. “There was some distance gained by the suspect’s vehicle and we ended up losing the car.”

Following the chase, Warren police began to watch the home on Chalmers.

“We were certainly going to be on the look-out for the suspect perhaps returning to the home on Chalmers,” Galasso said. “Several officers conducted their own surveillance.”

Galasso said police observed individuals matching descriptions of the suspect and a female acquaintance walking north on Peters toward Chalmers at around 3 a.m. Wednesday. Officers approached and arrested the individuals without incident.

Both individuals acknowledged being involved in the chase, but the woman claimed to have no knowledge of the earlier death.

“We were very happy that we could assist Detroit police in getting this very dangerous individual off not only the streets of Detroit, but also the streets of Warren,” said Galasso of the man’s arrest.

Both individuals were turned over to Detroit police, but Warren police will seek charges against the man for fleeing, according to Galasso.

Woody said the individuals currently are being questioned about the death but it is too early in the investigation to determine if any charges will be filed.

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