Officials: Skull belongs to woman missing 6 years

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Authorities have identified a skull found in a wooded area southwest of Detroit as that of a woman reported missing six years ago.

Wayne County medical examiner's spokeswoman Sarah Bazzi says investigators identified Lizzie Mae Collier-Sweet through dental records and anthropological testing of the skull.

Police say a man searching for deer antlers found her skull Feb. 15 in Brownstown Township. No cause of death has been determined.

Police renewed their searching of the area Thursday.

Collier-Sweet was 49 when she last was seen in January 2007 after her Brownstown Township home burned.

Her husband Roger Sweet was sentenced in 2008 to 15 to 30 years in prison for the 1990 murder of his first wife, Marlene Sweet. He came under suspicion in that slaying after Collier-Sweet disappeared.

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