An Oregon woman wanted in connection to the death of an elderly woman in Michigan was located and arrested in Belleville, according to police officials.
Belleville Police Capt. Don Sax said the sheriff's department in St. Clair County, Mich., requested assistance locating a 49-year-old Salem, Ore., woman, who was in the metro-east visiting family members. The woman, who's name was not released pending formal charges, was arrested and is in St. Clair County Jail in Belleville, according to Sax.
Sheriff Tim Donnellon with the St. Clair County, Mich., Sheriff's Department said in a news release the woman is believed to have disposed of an elderly woman's body last week behind a Goodwill store in Port Huron Township, Mich.
Donnellon said that citizens' tips generated since March 15 led to authorities being able to find the suspect in Belleville.
The body of an approximately 80-year-old woman found under blankets March 12 behind the Goodwill store has not been positively identified, according to Donnellon. The Medical Examiner's Office is awaiting records that will attempt to make a positive ID.
According to the St. Clair County, Mich., Sheriff's Department, detectives viewing surveillance video from the store have been able to determine the woman had been there since at least March 3 and had been concealed by snow and blankets that covered her body.
The woman whose body was found has been described by the sheriff's department as white, about 5 feet tall and weighing between 100 and 110 pounds. She had gray shoulder-length hair, dark eyes, had a mastectomy and there are two surgical scars on her stomach. The woman was wearing an Indian print type skirt and blouse that was white, black and red in color.
The cause and manner of the woman's death is still being determined, according to authorities in Michigan.
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