RAY TOWNSHIP (WWJ) – Authorities say two people have been charged after body parts were unearthed in two locations in northern Macomb County.
At a news conference Friday, Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said 19-year-old Andrew Fiacco and alleged accomplice 18-year-old Eevette McDonald were arrested Thursday in connection with the death of 19-year-old Stephen McAfee, who went missing more than a year ago.
Prosecutor Eric Smith authorized a four count warrant against Fiacco: murder, felony firearm mutilation of a body and lying to police. McDonald is charged an accessory to murder, mutilation of a body and lying to police.
Wickersham said Fiacco shot McAfee and left his body in a field. About a month or so later, he and McDonald — his girlfriend at the time — allegedly cut the body up.
Investigators say a motive for the crime is not clear at this time as Fiacco gave multiple stories.
“McDonald really didn’t provide us a motive,” Wickersham said. “She was brought out there (by Fiacco) at a later time. The exact time she was brought out there to see the body, we don’t know; but it was at that point that she insisted on dismembering him.”
Deputies unearthed some of McAfee’s remains in a field at 34 Mile Rd. and Van Dyke in Bruce Township Thursday, after another young woman tipped off investigators.
Wickersham thanked that tipster, a friend of McDonald, for coming forward. She will not be charged in the case.
“You know, we were over a year in this investigation and we didn’t have any information until the young lady came in two days ago,” the sheriff told reporters.
Wickersham said a lower jaw bone and clothing were found buried at the Bruce Township site. Additional remains, including a skull, were found in a shallow grave behind Fiacco’s home at 28 Mile Rd. and Kunstman in Ray Township.
The remains have been turned over to the Macomb County Medical Examiner’s Office.
McAfee had been living with his parents at their Macomb Township home when he left early in the morning of March 10, never to return.
McAfee’s family members got scared when they weren’t able to get a hold of him on his cell phone, also noting that he didn’t take any money, credit cars or clothes with him.
Michigan State Police said the young man was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome; and, although he was high-functioning, it was believed he could have been “easily coerced.”
Fiacco and McDonald were arraigned in the 42-1 District Court of Romeo, Friday afternoon. McDonald was given a $20,000 cash/surety bond while Fiacco was denied bond. Both are due to appear back in court on May 23.