BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A case that started with an arson investigation and turned into a missing person case, may now turn into a murder investigation.
Police discovered new details last week in the investigation of a woman, Lezzie Collier-Sweet, 49, who has been missing since her house burned down Jan. 8. The fire was confirmed as arson by investigators.
On Friday, police said they learned information about the woman's husband, Roger Sweet, whose first wife died of an accidental death in 1990. Police said they consider Sweet their main suspect in his wife's disappearance.
Brownstown Township police Lt. Robert Grant said when the husband was asked about his wife's whereabouts, he said if he had to guess she was probably dead in the woods.
The Oakland County medical examiner said all the original findings from the 1990 incident will be reviewed and if the death appears suspicious, the case will be reopened.
Police said they were at the Brownstown Township home in November when Roger Sweet allegedly pointed a gun in his wife's face and threatened her. Friends said she purchased a gun after the incident for protection.
There is a $6,000 reward being offered. Those who have any information on Lezzie Collier-Sweet or Roger Sweet are being asked to contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
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