Missing woman found dead, suspect to be arraigned Thursday
HAZEL PARK, Mich. (WJBK) - WEB UPDATE (5/5 -- 12:30): Today, Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney, Jessica R. Cooper, announced that 23-year-old Jordan McClanahan has been charged with one count of First-Degree Premeditated Murder and one count of Desecration of a Body, for the murder of Jessica White, 21-years-old from Troy. McClanahan will be arraigned Thursday afternoon at Hazel Park District Court.
WEB UPDATE (3:40): The medical examiner has determined strangulation as the cause of Jessica White's death.
A person is in custody in connection with the death of a missing woman, who was found inside a Hazel Park home late Tuesday night.
The body of 21-year-old Jessica White of Troy, who had been missing since April 23, was found in the home. Hazel Park Police have a man in custody, Jordan McClanahan, who is believed to have been White's boyfriend.
Authorities say McClanahan came to the Troy Police Department, asking to talk to detectives. He then told them there was a body at his house. Troy and Hazel Park detectives say they interviewed McClanahan and that he admitted "his responsibility in this incident." Authorities went to the home and found White's body in a roof-line storage area that could only be accessed through his bedroom.
He remains in police custody and charges are being sought. Only FOX 2 cameras were rolling as he walked into the Hazel Park Police Department Wednesday morning. You can watch the video in the player above in FOX 2's Maurielle Lue's report.
Meanwhile, authorities have not given details about how White died. They believe, though, that she was killed around April 22 or 23, which is around the time when she was reported missing.
McClanahan's home is in the 600 block of Woodward Heights Boulevard, which is between 9 and 10 mile roads near John R Road. Police had been inside the home multiple times prior to this discovery during White's missing persons investigation.
Neighbors say they are shocked, and that they did not see or hear anything out of the ordinary. In fact, many of them believe they saw McClanahan walking around the neighborhood after White was believed to have been dead.
Police say McClanahan lives with his brother and his father, who are cooperating in the investigation. At this point in the investigation, we're told they're not suspected of being involved in White's death.
This is a developing story. Stay with FOX 2 for updates.