DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) — Dearborn police said a man has been arrested and charged in the murder of 34-year-old Sherry Kietrys, of Taylor, whose body was found in a field on Friday afternoon near a mound of dirt, concrete and debris.
James Lamont Lindsey, 40, has been charged with first-degree murder and habitual offender. He was arraigned and remanded to the Wayne County Jail while awaiting a probable cause conference and preliminary exams next week.
Police were called to the area of Paul and the Southfield Freeway around 7:45 a.m. Friday. Officers and firefighters gave first aid to the woman from Taylor, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cecilia Cummings identified herself as the mother of Kietrys.
"I would rather take her place," she told 7 Action News.
Cummings said Kietrys was her only daughter. She also said Kietrys stepped off a city bus on the way home from work, never to be heard from again.
"I need to know what happened to her, and seeing the blood over there is all I have left of my daughter," Cummings said.
Lindsey has a criminal history and previously pleaded guilty to first degree criminal sexual conduct in 1997. He was sentenced to 10-20 years in prison, and was discharged in 2016 after 19 years.
The Dearborn Police Department is asking Detroit residents near Paul and the Southfield Freeway to check their security cameras for suspicious activity on Friday between 4 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
Family and friends who were at the scene are enraged at the conditions in the area. Kietrys' godmother said the incomplete construction and overgrown weeds "invite crime."
If you have any information about this incident, you're urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800 SPEAK-UP or the Dearborn Police Department.
The family also created a memorial fund for funeral costs.
"While we are grateful for the continued cooperation from the entire community for making this arrest, it angers me to know that the suspect in this case has a long history of assaultive behavior for which he had been previously incarcerated for 19 years," Dearborn Police Chief Ron Haddad said in a release. "Our department and regional partners worked around the clock to bring the suspect to justice. This is a tragedy for the entire region; we extend our condolences to the friends and family of the victim