Police: Leelanau County Homicide Victim Suffered Blunt Force Trauma

We are learning new details in the case police are calling a homicide.

The body of a missing woman from Traverse City was found in Leelanau County.

The Traverse City Police Department has now released how and where the 62-year-old woman from Illinois died.

Her body was found on a hill near Kasson Center Road and South Newman in Kasson Township Wednesday morning.

Her husband reported her missing in Traverse City on Wednesday evening.

Investigators are searching the shoreline of Grand Traverse Bay Friday outside the Terrace Beach Motel where investigators say she was staying with her husband.

They believe that is where she was murdered.

Divers from the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office are searching in the bay for any possible evidence that might have been thrown in by the suspect.

They’ll be searching 300 feet of coast Friday morning.

Investigators say the woman died in a violent attack sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

They found a suspect linked to the case on early Thursday morning.

He is in jail for other charges including giving false information to a police officer investigating a violent crime.

The autopsy on the woman’s body was completed Thursday and gave investigators graphic details of how she was killed.

“The victim sustained multiple injuries, blunt force trauma, fractures of the neck, stabbing and possible strangulation and smothering,” said Captain Jim Bussell with the Traverse City Police Department.

The woman’s name has not been released yet, and we are still working to learn what the suspect’s connection was to the victim.