At about 3:55 a.m. Wednesday, Michigan State Police say they responded to several reports that a woman was found unresponsive in the right lane of westbound I-696 near the exit ramp for I-275. The woman -- whose identity has not been released -- was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police believe the woman died by suicide, as a vehicle was located on the overpass directly above where she was found. The injuries to her body are also consistent with a suicide, officials said.
There were reportedly no witnesses that could explain what happened. MSP says there is no evidence that the woman was struck or run over by a vehicle.
Police are working to identify the next of kin, officials said.
Westbound lanes of I-696 were closed until about 6:56 a.m. amid the police investigation. The freeway has reopened to traffic.
Investigation/Freeway Closure:— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) April 6, 2022
04/06 at 3:55 AM
W/B I-696 beneath the overpass exit ramp for S/B I-275, Farmington Hills
The Detroit Regional Communication Center received several calls about an unresponsive female found in the right lane of I-696. 1/ pic.twitter.com/Kwj2K0Ozko