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River Rouge police Chief Deborah Hayes-Price has died, the city said Wednesday.

She was 66.

Police officials didn't return calls seeking information.

However, officials posted a message on the police department's official Facebook page.

"The City of River Rouge mourns the tragic and unexpected passing of Police Chief Deborah Hayes-Price," officials said in the statement. "Chief Price dedicated her career to the residents of our community and to Public Service, she cared deeply about our city, our residents and the Police Department."

"This is a tragic loss for all of us, but most particularly for her family and our thoughts and prayers go out to them," the statement said. "The Chief will be missed, but she will always be remembered. She made the City of River Rouge a better place."

Hayes-Price joined the River Rouge Police Department as a patrol officer Aug. 20, 1990, according to the city's website.

She rose through the ranks and was appointed police chief in January 2015.

cramirez@detroitnews.com

James David Dickson contributed.

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