WALLED LAKE, Mich. (WWJ/AP) — Authorities say the badly decomposed body of a 51-year-old man has been found wrapped in cellophane at Tivoli Apartments in Walled Lake and a 21-year-old man is in custody.
The cause of death was “homicide due to multiple sharp injuries,” according to an Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office autopsy performed Monday morning.
The suspect’s mother reportedly helped him turn himself in on Mother’s Day.
“We had a run-in about a week ago, our kids were out here playing and he kept on using foul language, cussing at them, that they shouldn’t be playing out in the field,” neighbor Terry Thomas told WWJ’s Charlie Langton.
“He sat in the house and watched everybody out the window,” Thomas added about the man’s usual activities.
Another neighbor reported complaining about a bad smell, which she thought was due to a sewer problem.
Police Chief Paul Shakinas told Langton the first officer who arrived also noticed the smell. He added the suspect knew the man who was killed — and has confessed to the crime.
“The suspect was cooperative with detectives, gave a story and that matched the crime scene, so we’re pretty convinced we’ve got it,” Shakinas said, adding that the body had been decomposing for two to three weeks.
The man’s mother reportedly brought him into the Walled Lake police station around midday Sunday — Mother’s Day — leading investigators to the discovery of the body.
Shakinas said he’s now seeking a murder warrant from the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office.
He said investigators believe they know the victim’s identity, but his name has not yet been released.
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