Michigan State Police announced Wednesday that their search for a missing Alpena teen is over, and has now become a “suspicious death” investigation.
MSP says they believe they found the body of missing 18-year-old Brynn Bills, in their search on Tuesday in the backyard of a home in Alpena.
The State Police Crime Lab was on the scene and MSP was acting on a tip that pointed them to the home where they found her underground.
“It took quite a while to be able to dig down and be able to find her so about 3:30 p.m. or thereabouts is when we located her and we had been out there since about 9 in the morning,” said Lt. John Grimshaw of the Michigan State Police.
The agency says the preliminary identification was made by matching tattoos on the body with a description of Bills. However, an autopsy is underway to verify that identification.
“We’re considering this a suspicious death until we’re able to get the pathology, toxicology, and the autopsy completed,” said Lt. Grimshaw. “That could take some time. The detectives are still out, still working the case.
The homeowner at the property is in jail on unrelated charges but is being called a person of interest. State Police say they also have other persons of interest in the case.
“We have people of interest that we’re looking at we’re looking to talk to so we won’t comment on any specifics of that,” said Lt. Grimshaw.
Anyone with any information, or who may have seen or communicated with Brynn Bills in August or September is asked to call the State Police in Alpena.
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