Grosse Pointe Woods daughter says her mother's death was not suicide

GROSSE POINTE FARMS, Mich. (WXYZ-TV) - Joann Matouk-Romain's daughter remains convinced her mother didn't take her own life even four years after her body was discovered.

Michelle Romain says her mother was last seen on January 12, 2010 leaving the St. Paul Catholic Church after a service in Grosse Pointe Farms. Seventy days later, her body was found floating in the Detroit River near Canada.

The police ruled Matouk-Romain's death was a suicide.

Grosse Pointe Farms Police Chief Daniel Jensen told 7 Action News that detectives never found a solid witness who could place Matouk-Romain at the church service. They believe she parked her Lexus outside of the church, walked across the street, down the bank and into the water.

Michelle Romain says her mother was murdered. She believes her mother's death was revenge against another a relative.

Romain claims she told police about possible suspects, but they didn't follow up with them.

7 Action News questioned Grosse Pointe Farms and Grosse Pointe Woods police departments since both investigated the case. Both police chiefs told us they conducted a thorough investigation, and stand by their initial findings.

Romain hired several private investigators, including former WXYZ-TV Investigator Scott Lewis, to look into the case.

During a press conference held at the Veterans War Memorial in Grosse Pointe Farms, Romain showed  police pictures taken of her mother's new designer purse, which she said had somehow been shredded and torn.

Police say that is not new information. They don't believe it shows any signs of a robbery or a struggle since nothing was taken from the purse, and it was put back into Matouk-Romain's vehicle.

Romain also told reporters an autopsy showed "contusions to the left arm."

When 7 Action News asked the police chiefs at both departments, they denied ever seeing that on any autopsy reports.

Grosse Pointe Woods Police Chief Andrew Pazuchowski and Grosse Pointe Farms Police Chief Daniel Jensen said they questioned the timing of the "new" evidence, saying it only seemed to surface each year near the anniversary of Matouk-Romain's disappearance.

While both departments remain convinced Matouk-Romain's death was a suicide, they say they will readily look at any new information.

Romain also says tips can be sent to her private investigative firm by calling 1-888-INVESTIGATE.

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