Two bodies found in Detroit house fire believed to be Amber Alert victim and mom

Pictured are 4-year-old Savannah Walker and the suspect, Marcus Hightower, 33.
Pictured are 4-year-old Savannah Walker and the suspect, Marcus Hightower, 33.

By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker

Firefighters this morning found two bodies believed to be connected to an Amber Alert issued hours earlier for a missing 4-year-old girl.

Police said the bodies of a small child and a woman, possible the girl’s mother, were found in a burning house at Lakeview Street and Forrest Avenue.

Firefighters were called to a house fire at 4:14 a.m. and found the bodies when searching the house.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the bodies may be of 4-year-old Savannah Walker and her mother, 39-year-old Heidi Walker.

An Amber Alert was issued several hours earlier for Savannah, who was believed to have been kidnapped by Marcus Hightower, 33, who spent nearly seven year in prison for assault with intent to do great bodily harm.
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He was released from prison in September 2014.

Craig called Hightower a “person of interet” in the murders. Police believe he┬áhad been in a relationship with Savannah’ mother.

Police are still searching for Hightower, who may have been driving a 2004 black four-door Ford Explorer with the license plate DFJ 5377.

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.

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