A 16-year-old has been detained in connection with the killing of an 18-year-old Grand Rapids woman whose body was found in a wooded area in western Michigan.
The victim was identified by the Kent County Sheriff’s Department as McKenna Elizabeth Hilton.
As reported by WoodTV.com, according to a neighbor, a resident was out walking his dog after midnight when Hilton’s body was discovered. The cause of death has not been made clear. The trail where Hilton’s body was found is located in Grand Rapids Township, Michigan; it is not more than a mile from where the father of the suspect lives.
McKenna Hilton Dead: Victim was “funny, bright, fantastic”
With the case being treated as a homicide, the 16-year-old has been identified as Savon Schmus.
According to MLive, the police said the suspect and victim knew each other (they are friends on Facebook) but have not provided further details.
According to the obituary published in the Grand Rapids Press, Hilton, described as “funny, bright, fantastic, beautiful, unique, thoughtful, caring, and very much loved,” dreamed of working as a medical therapist.
McKenna Hilton dead: The incident “scares us”
Hilton is the daughter of Stacey Hilton and David Schmus. “She loved animals, especially her dogs, Carl and Chloe,” the obituary said.
The autopsy will be completed by Friday.
Matt Diotte, who lives in the area, said “the incident scares us.”
“I feel horrible for the family, but I almost want it to be an overdose or a suicide rather than a murder, rather than having someone like that in our neighborhood,” Diotte said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family cover some of the expenses.