ROYAL OAK (WXYZ) - Wednesday investigators were back out at the scene searching Nancy Dailey’s rooftop, backyard, and inside the house. A truck from the Royal Oak sewer department was also brought to the crime scene.
Sources say police were checking a nearby sewer looking for a knife but did not find one.
The 80-year-old woman’s body was found by a family member Sunday evening.
Two people are now in custody in connection with Dailey’s murder. They have been identified as Alan Wood and Tonia Watson, who are both in their 40s.
Some who live nearby say they had heard there was a suspicious couple walking around telling neighbors they lost their home in a fire and asking if they could rake yards for money over the past few weeks.
“Police told us they were probably casing out the neighborhood sizing up who would be a victim and who would not be,” says neighbor Steve Whitmore.
A friend tells Action News that Dailey had lived in the home with her sister before she passed away a few years ago. The 80-year-old victim was living by herself when the crime happened.
Neighbors struggle to make sense of the horrific crime. Knowing two people are in custody in connection with Dailey’s murder makes some feel a little bit safer.
“It’s a relief,” says Whitmore, “It’s one of those things where you know somebody’s not wandering the neighborhood. We have that security and stuff. When I found out my shoulders relaxed a little bit.”
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