08-22-2016, 11:56 PM #1
MI - McKenna Elizabeth Hilton, 18, murdered, Grand Rapids Twp, 18 Aug 2016 *Arrest*
A 16-year-old boy is being held in juvenile detention in connection with the death of a recent East Kentwood High School graduate, whose body was found Thursday on a trail near Emerald Lake in Grand Rapids Township.
The teen, Savon Eugene Schmus, knew 18-year-old McKenna Elizabeth Hilton, Kent County Undersheriff Michelle Young said Friday. The teens were friends on Facebook.
During a brief hearing Friday before a Kent County court referee, Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Vicki Seidl asked that the teen be held for five days while the investigation continues.
08-23-2016, 08:29 PM #2
August 22, 2016
8:38 EST UPDATED
Boy, 16, is arrested after high school graduate, 18, is found dead in Michigan woods
A 16-year-old boy is being held in custody over the death of an 18-year-old high school graduate whose body was found in the Michigan woods.
A man walking his dog uncovered the body McKenna Elizabeth Hilton, 18, of Grand Rapids, in the brush on Thursday, WOOD TV reported.
Her body, which was fully clothed, had injuries near the neck suggesting strangulation, investigators said.
The teenager's loved-ones gathered for a candlelit vigil Sunday night to 'celebrate the life of a beautiful, intelligent girl'.
Authorities have taken an unnamed 16-year-old boy in custody in connection to the case and have yet to charge him - but could settle for an open murder charge.
08-24-2016, 03:14 AM #3A 16-year-old boy will be charged as an adult for the murder of an 18-year-old girl.
Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Chris Becker tells FOX 17 that a warrant for Open Murder has been authorized for Savon Schmus in the death of McKenna Hilton.
Becker tells FOX 17 that Schmus and Hilton were half-siblings.
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