Two bodies found in Detroit house fire may be related to Amber Alert

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Photo of Marcus Hightower (left), Savannah Walker (right); courtesy of National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

(February 20, 2016) – Investigators in Detroit have launched a homicide investigation after the bodies of a woman and a young girl were found in a vacant house that had been set on fire. Police believe the investigation may be connected to the Amber Alert issued for a four-year-old girl.

According to WDIV-TV, the fire department was called to an abandoned house Saturday around 6 a.m. on a report of a fire. Investigators found two bodies in the basement of the home.

“We have not confirmed the identity of the female and the child that were found in the house that was burned,” Michigan State Police Chief James Craig told WDIV-TV. “Preliminarily, we believe it could be the missing mother and daughter, but we haven’t confirmed that.”

Savannah Walker, 4, and her mother Heidi Walker, 39, were last seen Tuesday. An Amber Alert was issued for Savannah early Saturday morning.

Police say Savannah and Heidi were last seen with Marcus Hightower, 33.

Family members say Hightower is Heidi’s boyfriend, and he has a lengthy criminal history, including convictions of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and second degree child abuse.

Police are still searching for Hightower. He may be traveling in a black 2004 Ford Explorer with Michigan license plate DFJ5377. He is considered armed and dangerous. If you see him, call 911 immediately.