AMBER Alert issued for 4-year-old Detroit girl

Posted at 2:35 AM, Feb 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-20 16:10:46-05

Two bodies found inside a house on Detroit's east side are believed to be that of a missing 4-year-old girl and her mother.

According to police, an AMBER Alert was issued for 4-year-old Savannah Walker just after 2 a.m. Saturday. The home is about 3.5 miles from where Savannah was last seen. The other body is believed to be Savannah's mother. That AMBER Alert is still active.

Michigan State Police are looking for 33-year-old Marcus Hightower. He's described as a black male, with brown eyes and black hair. 

Police have recovered the black Ford Explorer they were looking for as part of a second investigation on the city's east side.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the investigation started Tuesday when the family of the mother and Savannah reported them missing in Livingston County. It is believed the two were taken from Howell to Detroit.

According to Craig, there were indications that something more should have been done by Livingston County and there was a communication delay.

The woman's other daughter went to the Brighton Michigan State Police post on Friday afternoon to get more help. With the information given, and a history of domestic violence with Hightower, they put out an AMBER Alert around 2 a.m. Saturday.

Craig said the bodies were found in an abandoned home on a lower level. Fire crews received the call around 5 a.m.

Hightower has a criminal history, and is currently out on parole for Assault with Intent to Commit Murder.