Body found in Dearborn Heights identified

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Westland — A woman has been identified after her body was found on the side of a road early Monday in Dearborn Heights, according to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Westland resident Diedra Crawford, 46, died of multiple blunt injuries, said Ryan Bridges, spokesman for the medical examiner’s office.

Bridges said it is unclear when Crawford died.

Four men are in custody after police found Crawford’s body around 1 a.m. Monday on Powers Street near John Daly Road in an area east of Inkster Road and north of Van Born, said Westland Sgt. Robert Wilkie.

“There was what we believe is a homicide that occurred in Westland,” he said. “Currently, we have four people of interest in custody, and we hope to have warrants submitted later on today.”

All four men were taken into custody on Monday, Wilkie said.

“A man came into to the City of Westland Police Department and implicated himself in the disposal of the female body in Dearborn Heights,” Westland Police Chief Jeff Jedrusik said in statement Tuesday. “This man gave further information of what led up to the disposal of the body along with other persons involved.”

Police said the man indicated the incident occurred at a Westland location matching the Crawford’s home address. Officers executed a search warrant at the residence and discovered evidence of an assault.

Police then tracked down the other three men implicated in the assault, according to the statement.

Wilkie added the investigation remains ongoing and police are looking into the possibility of more persons of interest.

Crawford was identified through fingerprint records, Dearborn Heights Police Chief Lee Gavin said on Tuesday.

“She had no ID on her but through fingerprint records we’ve been able to identify her,” he said.

Crawford was badly bruised with scrapes on her face, Gavin said. She was wrapped in a nightgown, bedsheets and blanket.

Gavin said officers found fresh tire tracks at the scene, but it is unclear if they came from a vehicle with a connection to the body.

“We’re assuming someone dropped her off there, but we don’t have a description of a vehicle or anything like that,” he said.