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Mom Of Five Is Found Behind Abandoned Building, Shot To Death And Burned

Heidi Dowd was likely dead for at least a week, authorities said, but there's been no record found of her being reported missing.


By Jill Sederstrom
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A Michigan mom of five was found dead behind an abandoned school building, shot to death and burned.

The body of Heidi E. Dowd, 36, was discovered Aug. 17 in a rural part of Mount Forest Township by a property owner.

Bay County Sheriff Troy R. Cunningham told MLive that an autopsy revealed Dowd died from at least one gunshot wound. Her body had been set on fire later.

Investigators are now trying to determine who may have killed the West Branch mother.

Cunningham told local station WJRT that it appeared the body had been in the location where it was discovered for less than a week. There is no record of Dowd being reported missing before she was found dead.

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office is working with other law enforcement agencies across the state to determine how Dowd ended up in the rural area.

No arrests have been made in the case and Cunningham said the investigation is ongoing, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Investigators have released few other details about the woman's mysterious death.

Dowd’s obituary describes her as a mother of five children who “enjoyed spending time with family and friends, decorating for the holidays, reading and listening to music.”

The 36-year-old is survived by her husband Charles Noble Dowd, children and other family members.

Anyone with information about the case or knowledge of where Dowd may have been before Aug. 17 is urged to contact the Bay County Sheriff’s Office at (989) 895-4050.

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