Elderly Livonia woman reported missing found hours later in Detroit, may have died from the cold

LIVONIA (WXYZ) - Rarely a day went by that Lorraine McKaig didn't stop at her favorite restaurant, but loved ones knew something was wrong when they found out the 88-year-old never showed up at Daly Family Dining and never returned to her Livonia home.

When relatives couldn't find McKaig by Wednesday evening, they reported her missing to Livonia Police.

Police were able to let them know that an officer had ticketed McKaig early Wednesday afternoon for attempting to drive through an area that had been barricaded off due to a massive warehouse fire.

We're told the police officer offered McKaig suggestions on other routes to get to the restaurant and that she seemed fine when she drove away.

McKaig and her vehicle were found around 10 p.m. Wednesday night on Detroit's east side. It appeared she crashed into a fence near the Coleman A. Young International Airport on Conner near Outer Drive. McKaig's vehicle was found first and when officers searched the area, they found her body.

McKaig was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Ellen McKaig, Lorraine's daughter, said when they saw her mother's body there were no obvious injuries.

Detroit Police do not suspect foul play.

An autopsy, now set for Friday afternoon, could determine if McKaig's death is related to exposure to the cold.


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