Police: No signs of foul play in Trenton woman's death

The Detroit News

Trenton — An investigation into the death of an 86-year-old Trenton woman whose body was discovered in a landfill preserve found no signs of foul play, police said Monday.

The body of Irene Kin, 86, along with her light-green 2002 Ford Taurus, was found Sunday in the Riverview Land Preserve, said Trenton police Lt. Brad Falkey. Kin had been missing since Feb. 1.

According to a press release from Trenton police Monday, Brownstown fire fighters responded to a vehicle fire in the woods at the Riverview Land Preserve. 

"They were able to extinguish the fire and no one was located in the vehicle," the release said. "The vehicle was positively identified as (Kin's vehicle)."

Officers from Trenton, Brownstown, Riverview and Michigan State Police later found Kin's body "a considerable distance from the vehicle," according to the release. "MSP forensic investigators along with the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted their investigation."

Wayne County medical examiners found no signs of trauma or foul play, the release said. "The investigation and the investigation of the vehicle fire is ongoing. There is evidence to indicate that Mrs. Kin was deceased a short time after she went missing."

Irene Kin

Portions of the preserve hold a solid waste landfill facility. The area west of the facility features woods and a wildlife preserve. Kin's body was found "in a remote area of the Riverview Land Preserve that is in Brownstown Township," Falkey said.

Trenton police on Feb. 3 issued a bulletin about Kin, who was reported missing since 9:30 a.m. Feb. 1. The report said Kin "was known to frequent St. Tim's Church (Trenton), Trentwood Farm Market (Woodhaven) and Family Dollar (Trenton).

"Same incident happened approximately 4 years ago," the bulletin said. Kin was found in Plymouth in that incident.