Missing Wayne State student found dead near Packard Plant

Tiane BrownThe body of a missing Wayne State University student was found today in a parking lot near the Packard Plant on Detroit’s east side.

Police said they found Tiane Brown’s body – shot at least once –  in her SUV at Frontenac and East Grand Boulevard.

“Our sympathies go out to her family, including her three children and her parents, as well as all of the members of the Wayne Law family who knew Tiane,” said Lance Gable, a professor at the law school. “She was an exceptional and extremely active student at Wayne Law.”

Detroit police said two men were earlier taken into custody for possessing Brown’s cell phone, but it’s unclear whether they are connected to her death.

“We are still searching for a motive,” Police Chief James Craig said.
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Brown was a third-year law student from Waterford and had a master’s degree in biomedical engineering. She ran a nonprofit and was a standout student, university president M. Roy Wilson said today.

“It is a senseless and tragic loss,” Wilson said. “I can’t even begin to express the loss that her family must be feeling.”

She was last seen at 8:15 p.m. Monday at the university’s law school.

She raised suspicions after failing to pick up her three children in West Bloomfield.

The cause of her death is unknown. The Packard has been the scene of numerous crimes for decades, but police rarely patrol the area and allow a large scrapping operation to go unimpeded.

“We need to be angry about the level of violence in the city of Detroit,” Chief Craig said.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.