64-year-old woman found dead in Southfield apartment, live-in boyfriend in custody

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WXYZ) - It's not a sight any child should witness, finding their parent dead. That happened Sunday night after one man went to check on his mom at the Pine Aire apartments in Southfield just off Franklin road and west twelve mile.

Monday morning Southfield Police detectives could be seen walking around the property taking photos, collecting evidence and trying to piece together the big picture.  Police were called to the home in the 26000 block of twelve Mile Road around 6:40 Sunday evening. 

They found the 64-year-old woman dead in her apartment. Her son discovered her. In their investigation, police found items were missing from the home. The Oakland County Medical Examiner has ruled her death as asphyxiation.

As the investigation continued, police got the break they needed. The suspect was identified as the live-in boyfriend turned himself in around 2 a.m. He turned himself in to the Detroit Police. The 53-year-old suspect was taken to the Southfield Police Department where he was last in talks with detectives.

"This was not a random act, the suspect, the victim’s 53 year old live-in boyfriend, turned himself in to authorities early this morning and he remains in the custody of the Southfield Police Department," says  Lt. Nick Loussia, Southfield Police Department. "It is anticipated that he will be formally charged in the next day or two. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s son, family and friends."

At this point, it's unclear what the motive was - but police continue working the case and you can count on 7 Action News to keep you posted as we get more information.

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