Woman killed while jogging in northern Oakland County; police search for suspect

Homicide victim ID'd as Holly Township woman, 31

ROSE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Michigan State Police are investigating after a woman was found fatally shot on the front lawn of a home in the 11000 block of Fish Lake Road.

Troopers said the woman, who was identified as a 31-year-old Alexandra Nicolette Brueger, of Holly Township, was jogging when she was shot and left for dead.

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Crime scene investigators collected evidence, hoping a K-9 would lead them to clues as they investigate the first homicide in Rose Township in 20 years.

The investigation showed neighbors heard several gunshots, but that alone did not alarm people since it's a big hunting area. But one neighbor decided to step outside, and when he did, he found the woman bleeding on the front lawn.

That neighbor called 911 and gave the woman CPR until help arrived.

The woman was taken to Genesys Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Ashley Roos, who lives just two houses away, wasn't home, but when she learned about the homicide she paused for the victim.

"My daughter and I sat on the porch and prayed for them, for the family, for the girl, to give them strength," Roos said.

There's no doubt the rare slaying in the rural community left Roos and others pondering changes changes to their habits, including locking their windows and doors.

"I mean, I always have my eyes peeled just because we are in the woods, but yeah, definitely locking them tonight," Roos said.

Investigators found some fresh tire marks on the gravel road, but they don't if the killer was in car or a ran off into the woods.

"I see the local runners all the time, so -- even my grandparents next door are runners, so we definitely gotta take caution," Roos said.

MSP said they're unsure if the woman was targeted or if it was a random act of violence. They spent part of Saturday talking to the woman's family as they  search for clues.

Michigan State Police are asking for the public's help in finding a white or light-colored four-door sedan that was on Fish Lake Road between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. MSP believes the vehicle may have been acting suspicious or traveling at a high rate of speed.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 877-MICH-TIP.

About the Authors:

Nick joined the Local 4 team in February of 2015. Prior to that he spent 6 years in Sacramento covering a long list of big stories including wildfires and earthquakes. Raised in Sterling Heights, he is no stranger to the deep history and pride Detroit has to offer.