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A west Michigan teenager’s death has been ruled a homicide by Kent County officials, and a suspect has been identified.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department says an autopsy found 18-year-old McKenna Hilton died of strangulation.

A charge of open murder has been issued for sixteen-year-old half-brother Savon Schmus.

Authorities say arraignment is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Police allege Savon strangled McKenna last week inside an apartment they lived in with their father and McKenna’s mother.

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Authorities say a 16-year-old is in custody after the body of a young woman was found in a wooded area in western Michigan.

The Kent County sheriff's department says in a statement the death of 18-year-old McKenna Elizabeth Hilton of Grand Rapids is being investigated as homicide. An autopsy is planned Friday.

Officials say the person in custody, also from Grand Rapids, knew the victim.

The Grand Rapids Press reports an afternoon detention hearing was expected to be held in Kent County Family Court.