Couple suspected in killing of elderly Royal Oak woman eluded authorities just weeks before killing

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WXYZ) - Alan Wood and Tonia Watson were on the run after they both recently skipped out on parole. The two who would later be called suspects in the murder of 80-year-old Nancy Dailey had been staying at motels in the Royal Oak area.

A clerk at one of the motels says they had to kick the couple out on October 30th for non-payment. About a week later, an investigator with Michigan's Absconder Recovery Unit went to the motel but Wood, 48, and Watson, 40, were already gone.

On Sunday, Dailey was found murdered in her Royal Oak home. She had been tied up and her throat cut. Investigators won't say how Wood and Watson  allegedly targeted Dailey.

Wood and Watson were arrested in Canton on Tuesday. Police won't say if either is cooperating with investigators.

No word on when they might be arraigned on charges in Dailey's murder.

State records show Wood has convictions for Home Invasion, Arson and Breaking and Entering. He was released from prison about a year ago.

Watson has served time for multiple convictions including Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Escape from Felony Jail Sentence.

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