Police Finds Woman Missing Since 2017

A Michigan woman who went missing in 2017 was found in a motel room in the state after she managed to call her stepmother who in turn called police. State Police announced the outcome on X, revealing that the woman, now in her 30s, called her stepmother on Monday and told her she was being held against her will at a hotel in Inkster, a city suburb of Detroit..

While she did not give the name of the hotel, troopers responded to the Evergreen Motel in Inkster after investigators determined she was held there. When officers arrived, they heard her screaming and crying from a room in the motel, prompting them to make a forcible entry. However, when they got in, they found she was alone.

The woman was taken for a medical evaluation at Beaumont Dearborn. She was also interviewed and is currently receiving counseling having been reunited with her family. Details about her disappearance have not been revealed other than the fact that she went missing in 2017.

Officers also withheld her identity.

Upon a search of the motel room, police found drugs, a gun and a cell phone. No suspect has been taken into custody yet although police say they have identified one. It is still unclear if this was a case of human trafficking as state police’s Trafficking and Abduction Group is looking into that.

Shedding light into authorities’ thoughts on the issue while speaking to WXYZ, Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said, “We’ll kind of look at what’s next, right… interview her if a crime did take place such as human trafficking or is it a domestic violence situation or is it different.”

“I don’t want to use the word kidnapping like somebody grabbed her and took her to that place. It may have started out as a relationship that turns into being held against your will and being trafficked,” he added.