Zhao’s physique was found close to the Pontiac Lake Recreation Space on the outskirts of Detroit round 8:30 a.m. on July 13, a day after her mom had final reported seeing her.
White Lake Township Police launched a press release on July 20, detailing the investigation into Zhao’s demise, describing the physique as “badly burned” as a part of a “mysterious death.”
Authorities mentioned a motive is unclear, however police speculated that Zhao’s demise could also be linked to her playing in different states. She arrived from Los Angeles just a few days prior. Zhao moved between Los Angeles and Las Vegas earlier than lately transferring to Michigan to dwell together with her mother and father and “confront challenges in her personal life,” pals told WXYZ-TV.
“Shocked, confused and saddened,” mentioned her former roommate Yuval Bronshtein. “It is arduous to image her having enemies.”
The FBI can be helping within the investigation, WXYZ reported.
“You have to determine whether or not this is a cover-up, or this may be some sort of retaliatory incident because of her profession,” mentioned Detective Chris Hild of White Lake Township Police, according to WIFR.
Police described the window as “very narrow” between Zhao’s final contact together with her mom and the invention of her physique.
“We nonetheless are searching for anyone which will have seen or talked to Susie between Sunday at about 5:30 p.m. and early hours of Monday morning,” an unnamed official instructed the press.