VAN BUREN TWP. (WWJ) – A murder investigation is underway in Wayne County following a 27-year-old woman’s mysterious death.
According to a release by Van Buren Township police, officers were called to a home in the 45000-block of Hull Rd. early Friday evening on a report of a homicide.
Police say the victim — who has been identified by family members as Egypt Covington — was found at around 7:15 p.m. by a friend who immediately dialed 911.
It’s unclear at this time how the Van Buren Township resident died.
Police were offering few details and no additional comment on the case as of Monday afternoon, saying only that detectives do not believe that this was a random crime and that the victim likely knew her killer.
According to family and friends, Covington was well-known locally as a fantastic singer with a kind heart.
Her father, Chuck Covington, said they’re still trying to process what happened.
“My family is going between bouts of hysteria, sadness…bouts of love because we find Egypt touched so many more people than we even had an idea of,” he said.
As far as who killed her or why, Chuck Covington said there isn’t a lot of information.
“From what police are saying it wasn’t a random act. I can say that, you know, there was no sign of…broken entry, and that’s all we know for now,” he said. “…We of course want this person found, and whatever type of person who could do that to a living angel should come to justice; but that really won’t help with all of us that she’s been taken away from.”
Investigators are following up on some leads, police said.
Egypt Covington worked as a craft beer distributer, making an impression on management at Palmer House Bar & Grill who, in on Facebook called her “a highly intelligent and ambitious young lady.”
She previously worked at Fraser’s Pub in Ann Arbor, which in a Facebook post called her a “truly beautiful woman and dear friend.”
Friends have started a GoFundMe page to raise money for a memorial at her favorite outdoor spot, Crosswinds Marsh. More than $11,200 has already been pledged.
“Untimely death is always hard, but losing someone like Egypt is a true loss for the world. It shakes an entire community,” the crowd-funding page reads. “Egypt was a bright, beautiful, amazing individual who touched every person she encountered. She will forever be missed.”
Chuck Covington said memorial services are planned for next weekend.
Anyone with information about this case should call Van Buren Township police at 734-699-8930.