The Body of Tara Grant Found … Torso Found in Garage, Stephen Grant Suspect (UPDATE: Suspect Arrested, Confession)
The torso of missing 34 year old Tara Grant has been found in the garage of a Macomb County’s Washington Township home that the couple shared. Tara Grants has been missing since February 9, 2007 and was not reported as missing until 5 days later by her husband.
Investigators found what is believed to be the torso of a 34-year-old suburban wife and mother of two who disappeared last month and are seeking her husband as the suspect in her slaying, the Macomb County sheriff said Saturday. (WFRV)
Her husband, Stephen Grant, is now being sought in the murder of Tara Grant.
Hackel said Stephen Grant was wanted for questioning and was last believed to be driving a white pick-up truck. He said his office was working with county prosecutors to seek murder charges.
“He is the number one and at this time the only suspect in the murder of Tara Lynn Grant,” Hackel told reporters at a news conference in Mount Clemens. (Fox News)
According to reports, Stephen Grant’s attorney has been in contact with his client and trying to make efforts for Stephen to turn himself in. From the outset of this case it had all the similarities of Scott Peterson and his missing wife Lacy Peterson. The peculiar disappearance, the suspicious husband, and the other woman.
Stephen Grant’s lawyer, David Griem, told The Associated Press on Saturday morning that he spoke twice with his client earlier in the day. He said he hoped to arrange for Grant to turn himself in to authorities.
“He was suicidal,” Griem said. “I spent some significant period of time begging him to meet with me and reminding him of all the reasons why he had to live: the foremost being a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old who love him very much.”
Griem said his client last was in the Detroit area, but he didn’t know exactly where.
UPDATE I: Stephen Grant on the run
Stephen Grant is on the run, Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel said this morning, after investigators found his wife’s torso hidden in the garage of the family’s Washington Township home.
But his lawyer David Griem fears Grant has killed himself: “I think he’s gone.”
“I spoke with him twice early this morning,” Griem said. “And after the second conversation I had no doubt he was going to commit suicide within minutes.”
Griem said Grant turned down repeated pleas to meet. Grant called from a pay phone at a home, Griem said.
“He was increasingly emotionally distraught,’ Griem said. “He had a hard time getting sentences out coherently. He was rambling. I was telling him all the reasons he needed to live – most especially, two main reason: a little 4-year-old and a little 6-year-old.” (Detroit Free Press)
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Police arrested a man Sunday wanted in connection with the dismembering death of his wife as searchers continued the hunt for her remains.
Michigan State Police arrested Stephen Grant early Sunday in Emmet County, Mich., after a statewide manhunt. The county is near the tip of the state’s Lower Peninsula, about 225 miles from his home in Washington Township in suburban Detroit.
Grant was upgraded from serious to stable condition at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey, Mich., after being airlifted following his capture to be treated for frostbite and hypothermia. He’s expected to make a full recovery with the exception of damage to his feet. (FOX News)
Officials announced the capture of Stephen Grant on Sunday, following a massive manhunt.
Grant was found in Emmet County at 6:50 a.m. on Sunday.
Local and federal law enforcement agencies found Stephen Grant barefoot inside the Wilderness State Park in northern Michigan. Officials airlifted him to Northern Michigan Hospital due to health concerns.
UPDATE III: Stephen Grant Reportedly Confesses
During a news conference, Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel stated, “He gave a very lengthy confession.” After weeks of claiming his innocence, Stephen Grant has confessed according to news reports. From the news conference we learn that it would seem that Stephen grant murdered Tara while the children were in the home.
Stephen Grant admitted murdering his wife, Tara Lynn Grant, after police found a Ziploc bag in the woods containing human blood, latex gloves, plastic bags and metal shavings. It was the final piece of evidence authorities needed for probable cause to search the Grants’ house, in which they found a human torso, Prosecutor Eric Smith said.
The metal shavings linked the bag’s contents to Stephen Grant, who worked at a tool-and-die shop, the prosecutor said.
“He’s presumed innocent at this time,” Smith said. An arraignment was expected on Tuesday.
Stephen Grant wanted to “clear his mind,” Hackel said. He “did indicate the method in which he caused her death,” after which he took the body to a creek to dispose of the remains. Hackel said he would not discuss the motive. (FOX News)
Grant murder shocks, saddens
“To find out what he did is just unthinkable,” said Melissa (Elliott) Hanson of Rock, a long-time friend of Tara Grant. Hanson knew Grant since they were in elementary school. Their families were involved in 4-H together. Following their graduation in 1990, the two friends kept in touch until a few years ago.
“When she was first missing, we were hopeful … she would be found OK,” Hanson said Sunday. “We never thought she would leave her family.” (The Mining Journal)
Tara Lynn Grant likely was strangled to death before her body was dismembered and its pieces scattered, Macomb County Medical Examiner Daniel Spitz said Sunday.
Spitz said a preliminary examination of the body parts, presumed to belong to Grant, that sheriff’s deputies brought him over the weekend showed no visible injuries — except for bruising around her neck that could mean she was strangled.