St. Clair Shores Police look for cause of death

Harrison Township -- For the family of the St. Clair Shores man whose remains were found Friday in a Harrison Township field, the discovery has brought an end to a 10-month search.

"There's some closure for the family," said Det. Jason Brown of the St. Clair Shores Police, who had been in regular contact with the family of Daryl Robert Petrucci, 45, who disappeared in October 2008. "At this point, we need to find out the cause of death."

Macomb County Medical Examiner Dr. Daniel Spitz will perform an autopsy Monday, officials said.


At this point, foul play is not suspected, Sheriff Mark Hackel said. It is uncertain how long the body was in the field.

"The question becomes what happened and how he got there," Hackel said.

"Foul play was not a contributing factor by initial indications. However, we're going to process the remains with the medical examiner's office to make a firm determination as to the cause of death here."

The Macomb County Sheriff's Department found the skeletal remains in a vacant field south of a 7-Eleven convenience store on Jefferson near Shook. They were prompted to search the area after a man found a skull Thursday morning while cutting grass.

Dental records matched that of Petrucci, who disappeared after he went for a walk in the early morning of Oct. 14, 2008. His family reported him missing four days later, Brown said.

"We exhausted all the investigative resources: friends, family, anywhere he could be, places he frequented," he said. "Nobody had seen him. Nobody had heard from him."

After finding the skull, police went back to the scene Friday morning with a cadaver dog. They found a detached hand and foot, as well as the rest of the body, which was clothed.

Neighbor Linda Pettway, said her heart goes out to the family, a couple she said were Petrucci's parents, who she has spoken to occasionally since moving next door in September.

"I feel for the family because after someone is missing after all this time, not knowing can be very hard," she said.

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