DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - Officials say a body found bound and burned beyond recognition in a west side Detroit alley has been identified as a 26-year-old woman.
Medical examiners identified the woman as Brittney Brown, of Detroit.
Sgt. Michael Woody said Brown's body was discovered Saturday by a man walking through an alley near Kentucky Street and Puritan Avenue, a few blocks north of Wyoming Street and the Lodge Freeway. The man, who initially thought he was looking at a mannequin, called 911 when he realized it was a body.
Police believe the woman was killed at a different location and then dumped in the alley. Woody said investigators are working to identify possible suspects.
The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office said a preliminary autopsy was performed Monday, but the cause of death is under investigation.
Relatives told Fox 2 that Brown is mentally ill and was last seen on February 14, when she walked away from her home.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 313-267-4600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
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