Man charged with concealing girlfriend's death

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Jeffrey Thomas, 50, has been charged with not reporting the death of his 32-year-old girlfriend, Jennifer Butkowski, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office announced Tuesday.

Butkowski was found dead early Sunday morning inside the Rockwood home she and Thomas shared, on the 22600 block of Candace.

Police tape

Police arrived to respond to a call of a disturbance and found Thomas disoriented and with blood on his hands, arms and legs. 

Investigators noticed a foul odor in Thomas's home and entered a bedroom to find the windows open and Butkowski dead, wrapped in plastic. 

Thomas was arrested at the scene and is charged with concealing the death of an individual, which is a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The Rockwood Police Department's murder investigation is ongoing. 

jdickson@detroitnews.com