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3 bodies found in Metro Detroit

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Three bodies were found across Metro Detroit on Wednesday, including one in a ditch along Interstate 94 in Romulus, snarling rush-hour traffic for several hours.

A state transportation mowing crew found a body at 3 p.m. in a ditch along an eastbound I-94 ramp to southbound Interstate 275. MSP closed the ramp during the investigation before reopening it around 7 p.m.

Police did not have an identification for the body, which they described as decomposing.

“Once the investigation on scene is complete, the Wayne County medical examiner will be contacted,” an MSP statement said.

It was one of three bodies discovered in Metro Detroit on Wednesday.

Sterling Heights investigators found a decomposing body Wednesday morning in a wooded area behind a Meijer store..

A landscaper initially found the body about 10:30 a.m. as he cut grass behind the store at Van Dyke and 16 Mile. Police believe the body may be that of a homeless man.

"On my first pass around, I smelled it," said Josh Lafayette, who mows grass behind the Meijer once a week for Chad's Landscaping in Waterford Township. "I didn't know what it was so I ignored it. I came around a second time and stopped because it smelled really strong."

Lafayette of Commerce Township said he looked through trees and brush and noticed garbage gathered around a small clearing in the woods.

"I just went down there and saw him laying there," Lafayette said.

The body appeared to have been in the area awhile, attracting insects, he said.

"It freaked me out," Lafayette said. "There were a couple fire trucks up front (of Meijer), and I told them and they told the cops."

A third body was found around 2:30 p.m. behind a Family Dollar store at Southfield Road and Tireman Avenue in Detroit, Detroit police Sgt. Cassandra Lewis said.

“Officers were on their way to another run and were flagged down by citizens who said that two people were shot at the Family Dollar,” Lewis said. “Officers arrived and found only one.”

The victim is 25 to 30 years old.