ORION TOWNSHIP, MI – Oakland County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to N Conklin Road for a welfare check. A third-party caller, a neighbor, believed there was a deceased woman in a home near her residence.
The female neighbor, who resides in the home with her mother, told the acquaintance that her mother had passed away on Friday October 16th, 2020. The acquaintance had not been advised of a funeral for the deceased mother, which caused some suspicion.
Initially deputies were unable to get an answer at the door and began interviewing neighbors. The neighbors confirmed they had not seen the 79-year-old mother in recent days.
During the investigation, the 53-year-old daughter of the woman who Deputies were there to check on exited the home and spoke with them. She admitted to Deputies that her mother was deceased inside the home.
Animal Control was called to the scene for the removal of two dogs that were preventing Deputies from entering the home. Deputies made entry into the home and discovered a deceased woman in an upstairs bedroom and a deceased dog in the basement.
Detectives, an Investigator from the OCSO Forensic Science Laboratory, and an Investigator from the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office responded and began their investigations.
The daughter advised Detectives her mother had passed away in her sleep at the residence on October 16th, 2020. She further advised she was overwhelmed by the death and was not emotionally prepared to deal with the death nor make appropriate notifications.
The Medical Examiner’s Office assumed custody of the deceased and an autopsy was scheduled. The daughter was transported to a local area hospital for a mental health commitment/evaluation.
An autopsy was performed on November 8th, 2020. The cause of death was ruled a natural death and no foul play is suspected. The incident remains under investigation.