Reward offered in mysterious death of Saginaw County woman
CARROLLTON TWP, MI — Months after a woman was mysteriously killed in her Carrollton Township home, authorities are offering a reward for information in hopes of making an arrest.
Police found the body of Megan L. Drumhiller, 31, inside her home at 901 Ridgeland Drive on the evening of January 28. They had gone there after relatives requested a wellness check.
Drumhiller lived alone in the house.
Carrollton Township Police Chief Craig A. Oatten previously said autopsy results indicated Drumhiller’s manner of death was homicide, although he declined to say how she was killed. . Now investigators have downgraded Drumhiller’s death to “suspicious,” said Saginaw County Sheriff’s Detective Lt. David Kerns.
Kerns also declined to give details of Drumhiller’s death.
The Carrollton Township Police Department and Michigan State Police initially investigated the case, before it was recently taken over by the sheriff’s office, Kerns said. Those close to Drumhiller on social media called her murdered.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that will lead to an arrest in connection with Drumhiller’s death. Anonymous tipsters can reach Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-5245.
Drumhiller was known as an opera dancer who competed regionally and nationally. The Megan L. Drumhiller Memorial Dance Scholarship was formed the month after the death of its namesake and is to be held annually.
“The recipients…will exemplify qualities similar to Megan’s; passion and dedication to dance and kindness and camaraderie with fellow dancers,” Drumhiller’s mother, Lynette Drumhiller, said in an announcement. “In addition to tuition and/or costume, the scholarship hopes to offer a series of free workshops for dancers on relevant topics such as nutrition, body image, bullying, social pressures and management stress and time for teenagers and young adults.”
As a middle and high school student, Drumhiller was a member of the pom pom teams, graduating from New Catholic Central High School in 2008.
“Please join us in lifting Megan’s family, friends and classmates in prayer during this difficult time,” New Catholic Central Alumni posted on his facebook page.
The eldest of his parents’ children, Drumhiller was described as shy but brave, often leaning on his brothers in new situations, according to his obituary.
“Megan adored Goofy and loved dressing up as Belle from ‘Beauty and the Beast’,” reads her obituary. “She loved Fairy Winkles and other little toys she could hold in her hand.”
Drumhiller had a flair for the creative and the dramatic.
“Dressing was her favorite childhood activity,” states her obituary. “The fairy wings were part of [her] every disguise. She loved to entertain us with songs and dances every day.
Drumhiller had a knack for creative writing and is remembered as a marvelous artist, her obituary states.
“Megan’s laughter could light up any room,” reads her obituary. “As a young adult, she developed a passion for music and fame and was fascinated by David Bowie.”
Drumhiller attended several colleges and enjoyed working in fashion, clothing and fitness.
“Megan remained fiercely independent, but was very loyal to a small group of lifelong friends,” her obituary continues. “Megan’s journey took her to Florida and Texas for several years, but she always returned to Michigan, where she was able to spend time with [a] close friend.”
Drumhiller was a bold spirit – willful, brutally honest and charismatic.
“Megan did things her way, but didn’t leave the world that way,” her obituary states. “She may have been taken from us, but we will keep her spirit and our undying love for her alive for eternity. “Shine in heaven, dear Megs.”
Drumhiller’s death would have been Saginaw County’s third homicide of the year. As of July 25, there have been 17 homicides across Saginaw County. The previous year saw 31 homicides in the county, 29 of which involved shootings.
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