Forensics enter Highland Park apartment where missing rappers’ believed bodies found

Building is in poor condition as it is infested with rats which are slowing the process

DETROIT – Officials were on the scene for hours, scouring the area after discovering three bodies inside the basement of an abandoned apartment building.

Police sources told Local 4 that they believe they are the bodies of three missing rappers last seen 11 days ago after their show was canceled at Lounge 31 on Detroit’s east side. On the night of Thursday (Feb. 2), police believe they found the rappers’ bodies at an apartment building on McNichols Road, west of Woodward Avenue.

UPDATE: Police identify 3 bodies found in Highland Park as missing Michigan rappers

“All I want is someone to tell me where he’s at so we can go home, and I can lay him to rest,” said Lorrie Kemp, Armani Kelly’s mother.

Kelly had been missing for nearly two weeks, and his mother knew he may have died.

“Deep in my gut and in my soul and in my heart, he’s gone,” Kemp said.

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Police sources tell Local 4 they believe they are the bodies of Kelly and his two friends, rap artists Dante Wicker and Montoya Givens. All three have been missing since Jan. 21.

Kelly was supposed to perform at the Detroit club that night, but the performance was canceled, so he and the two other men haven’t been seen or heard from since.

Kelly’s mom says police alerted her to the discovery of the three bodies but have not confirmed the identities at this time.

An update from Michigan State Police investigators says around 9 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 2) night, their forensics team was able to enter the building to begin collecting evidence.

MSP said the building is in poor condition as it is infested with rats which are slowing the process. So in the meantime, Local 4 is still awaiting positive identification of the bodies.

About the Authors:

Jacqueline Francis is an award-winning journalist who joined the WDIV team in September 2022. Prior to Local 4, she reported for the NBC affiliate in West Michigan. When she’s not on the job, Jacqueline enjoys taking advantage of all the wonders Michigan has to offer, from ski trips up north to beach days with her dog, Ace.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.