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Michigan man charged after finding woman’s body with shoelace around neck in truck

A 19-year-old man was charged on Tuesday after police found a woman’s body with a shoelace around her neck in the bed of a van he had just run over.

Stephen Freeman was involved in a minor accident with a fender bender on Common and Hayes in Roseville, Michigan around 2 p.m. on Oct. 27, according to police via Fox 2. However, he fled the scene shortly after.

As officers examined the vehicle Freeman was driving, they found the body of 62-year-old Gabrielle Seitz in the truck bed. Freeman was later arrested in Waterford on Saturday, about a 50-minute drive west of Roseville.

The 19-year-old is described as transient but his family lives in Lexington in Sanilac County. He also has relatives where he was arrested in Waterford, WXYZ reported.

The cause of Seitz’s death has yet to be determined, but investigators presume that Seitz was murdered. Macomb County Assistant District Attorney Steve Fox said a shoelace was found around his neck, which showed “obvious signs of strangulation.” Detroit Free Press reported.

Although Seitz’s family members say she and Freeman did not know each other before, they were beginning to worry about her safety.

“She was just telling everyone, ‘I want out of here,'” her son, Justin Omans, told WXYZ.

Omans says he is “deeply heartbroken” and that his mother was “the sweetest, friendliest and funniest person ever”.

“Sadly she was taken from this world too soon,” he wrote on a GoFundMe page he set up to help pay for her funeral.

Freeman is charged with one count of concealing the death of an individual and receiving and receiving stolen property. Both counts carry a five-year sentence if convicted. It may face additional charges.

Freeman is being held on $75,000 bail and must wear a GPS tether if released, ClickOnDetroit reported.

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