Police identify ‘badly burned’ body in White Lake Township as 33-year-old Waterford Township woman

Female body identified one week after being discovered near a park in Oakland County

The body of Susie Zhao, 33, from Waterford Township was identified on July 20, 2020 after remains were discovered near a park in White Lake Township on July 13. Police are asking anyone who say Zhao on July 11 to contact them immediately. Photo provided by the White Lake Township Police Department. (WDIV)

WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Police have identified burnt remains of a female found near a park on July 13 as belonging to Susie Zhao from Waterford Township.

Zhao, 33, was reportedly a professional gambler.

A citizen discovered the “badly burned” remains of a female body around 8 a.m. on July 13 near the Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area at Maceday Lake and Cross roads, officials said. Police identified the body as Zhao one week after she was found.

Autopsy and toxicology results from the Oakland County Medical Examiner are still pending, so the cause of death is still unknown.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen Zhao between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. on July 11 to immediately contact White Lake Police Lieutenant Christopher Hild at 248-698-4404, ext. 2381.

The FBI are now involved in this ongoing investigation.

The burnt remains of a deceased woman were discovered near a park by a citizen on Monday morning.

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