A Michigan teenager was arrested after a car accident in which police discovered the body of a mother in the back of a pick-up truck, according to police.
Stephen Lee Freeman, 19, was driving when his truck was involved in a fender-bender at a Roseville stoplight on Oct. 27, according to FOX2.
While authorities searched Freeman’s vehicle, they discovered the body of Gabriele Seitz, 62, of Shelby Township.
He was arrested on Sunday, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Freeman was arraigned on Tuesday on one count of concealing the death of an individual and one count of receiving and concealing stolen property, the Michigan Free Press confirmed. District Judge Alyia Marie Hakim set the bond at $75,000 cash surety with conditions.
During the arraignment, state prosecutors alleged that Seitz was found with a shoelace around her neck and “obvious signs of strangulation.” The judge declined to set bond because Freeman has not yet been charged with murder.
Speaking to WXYZ Detroit over the weekend, Seitz’s oldest son Justin Omans remembered his mother as “the sweetest person alive that everyone loved.”
“She made people laugh,” he told the outlet. “She liked to dance, sing, everything.”
Omans was also quick to dispel rumors that Seitz knew Freeman before her death, and he urged residents to stop spreading misinformation.
“I wanna clear out the story. I want the rumors and all the false comments that are on Facebook and social media to stop,” he told ClickOn Detroit. “You know my mom. You know she wouldn’t have some guy coming up to her place.”
In court Tuesday, County Assistant Prosecutor Steve Fox stated that Freeman had a history of substance abuse and was most likely homeless. Kevin Smith, Freeman’s attorney, claimed that his client had mental health issues and asked for a referral to community corrections.
While the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office investigates the connection between Seitz and Freeman, Omans has set up a GoFundMe to assist with his mother’s funeral expenses.
“My mom was the sweetest, friendliest and funniest person to be around, but unfortunately, she was taken from this world too soon,” the page reads. “I am deeply heartbroken and asking for help to give her a great funeral.”