FARMINGTON HILLS (WWJ) – Farmington Hills police say an elderly woman’s body has been pulled from a partially frozen neighborhood pond.

Police Chief Chuck Neebus said foul play is not suspected in the death of 82-year-old Marjorie Caruthers, who was found Tuesday morning about 20 feet from the shore.

Neebus said Caruthers had fallen through the ice. When rescue crews arrived at the scene, she was transported to Botsford Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Her coat and medical ID were found on the shoreline. It was not immediately clear how long she’d been in the water.

“It’s a sad case to find an elderly person, you know, dying in a frozen pond. But we will pursue it diligently to try to reconstruct the events  as far as what happened,” Neebus said.

Neebus said the woman was a longtime resident of the neighborhood, near Halsted and 9 Mile Road.

This is the second time in recent months a body has been found in Farmington Hills. In December, a 38-year-old Howell man was found dead in a wooded area near Halsted and 13 Mile Road.


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