Apparently tracking down the killer of an innocent house is a lot like finding the killer of a human being -- there's a lot of shoe leather, and you follow the blood trail.
When state Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo found that a Land Bank house she'd bought to rehab into affordable housing was gone, it was really and truly gone. Some party or parties unknown had demolished it and hauled away the debris, leaving behind a neat foundation hole surrounded by an orange plastic snow fence. No permits had been pulled, and no other paper trail existed. You wouldn't think the actual demolition of a house could be a whodunit, but this is Detroit, mind you -- weird stuff happens here.
Investigators have found the remains of the house in a landfill 21 miles away, in Waste Management Inc.'s Woodland Meadows site in Wayne, as well as who hauled it there. But the probe continues.
(Waste Management spokeswoman Tanisha) Sanders said Waste Management is not certain of who was actually responsible for the demolition but they do know who hauled the materials to the landfill. Sanders declined to share the name of the company. The landfill is about 21 miles away from Gay Dagnogo's home, which is on the west-side of Detroit.
"It doesn't necessarily mean that the person who hauled it demolished it," Sanders said.
When reached for comment, Gay Dagnogo said she is pleased that the Detroit Police Department and the general public have "demonstrated a commitment to finding out who has demolished our home."
No doubt a story that will continue to develop. We'll see how it goes from here.