Police identify dead woman found beaten and dumped in Dearborn Heights

UPDATE, JANUARY 20: Sources tell FOX 2 Dearborn Heights police have made an arrest in connection with the woman found beaten to death. 

At 1 a.m. Monday Dearborn Heights police respond to a 911 call of a body dumped on the side of the road near a field at John Daly and Powers.

Officers at the scene discovered a black woman in her mid-40s murdered - beaten so bad she was unrecognizable - dumped near the Inkster border.

"Partially unclothed and there was a lot of trauma to the body so it's pretty apparent that she's a victim of a violent homicide," said Dearborn Detective James Serwatowski. 

The body wrapped in blankets - the victim so badly beaten it could be difficult to determine who she is.

"The most important thing for us is to identify the woman," said Serwatowski. "She didn't have any identification with her so we're going to work on that."

Police worked on that using fingerprints and by 11 a.m. had identified their victim - a 46-year-old woman.

Investigators here say the fingerprints match a woman who had been arrested in the past here in the Inkster area but they won't say what she was arrested for - only that the addresses she gave - aren't matching up.

"We've checked some locations through the database and those locations have been empty fields or abandoned homes," said Dearborn Height Police Chief Lee Gavin. 

Gavin telling Fox 2 they are working on locating next of kin, the crime scene and her killer.

As for those who live in the neighborhood, they say it is unsettling news.

"I was so shocked, I just said 'What?'" said one resident. "I just can't believe it - I just can't believe it."

"We got team leaders, crew leaders over here that patrol the neighborhood," said another resident. "We got a pretty good neighborhood. We worry just like you. We need to get these people off the street."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dearborn Heights police at (313) 277-6770.
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