Body in Detroit home identified as missing woman

Posted at 4:55 PM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 17:27:20-05

Officials have identified one of the bodies that was found inside a house on Detroit's east side over the weekend as a woman who went missing with her 4-year-old daughter.

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 second body is believed to be Savannah. A DNA test will be needed to complete the identification because the body is so badly burned.

The AMBER Alert has been canceled.

Relatives were able to identify the body of 38-year-old Heidi Walker.

Thirty-three-year-old Marcus Hightower remains in police custody, after turning himself in. Hightower is Walker's boyfriend. He is being held for questioning.

Hightower has a criminal record dating back to 2001. He is currently on parole and has serve time for assault with a dangerous weapon, child abuse and assault with intent to do great bodily harm.

While Hightower was being called a person of interest, police now say he is a suspect in the case. A warrant request has been turned over to the Wayne County Prosecutor's office.

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 Heidi and Savannah reported them missing in Livingston County. It is believed the two were taken from Howell to Detroit.

Heidi'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.