Pontiac woman found dead in closet, parolee boyfriend is prime suspect
PONTIAC, Mich. (WJBK) - A Pontiac woman is murdered and stuffed in her closet and her boyfriend -- who just got of prison -- is the prime suspect.
A recent family video is the last time Cindy Simmons would hear daughter Marie Colburn, laugh.
"My sister and I just sat there and cried and listened to her laugh," said Cindy Simmons.
A moment she'll now always cherish.
"She absolutely loved someone with a sense of humor, always said that was so important," Simmons said.
Just weeks later, Cindy Simmons is making funeral arrangements for her daughter, Marie Colburn, who was murdered.
"I just had to sit and talk to her in a box," said Simmons. "I told her how much I love her and I told her we are going to make sure she has justice."
Colburn was suffocated and stuffed in her apartment closet. It was her own mother who would find her over the weekend.
It was her mother's intuition that brought Simmons to Marie's apartment in Pontiac. She hadn't heard from her in a couple days and became worried.
"I had to see her, you know," Simmons said. "I didn't care if she was mad at me or whatever."
Missing from the apartment was her on-again, off-again boyfriend Kevin Wiley. Simmons said she met him on occasion but never saw any signs of trouble or violence.
"It was just like in a family setting, like come over and have dinner," said Simmons. "That's mostly what my interaction with him was."
He's now wanted on suspicion of Colburn's murder. He was on parole on a manslaughter plea but the Oakland County Sheriff's Office says he has since cut off his GPS tether and is on the run.
"My daughter needs justice," Simmons said. "Somebody has to stand up for her."
Crime Stoppers is offering $2,000 for information leading to an arrest. Call 1-800-SPEAK-UP.