The Michigan State police notified DPD Homicide Friday that a match was made between a DNA sample taken from the burned girl found on Waverly street and the sample given By Mariha’s mother. Her mitochondrial DNA would have passed to her daughter. So now the murder victim has been identified and the separate Amber Alert case will be merged into a single investigation.
DPD Homicide has notified the family and the Wayne Prosecutor’s Office.
The DNA match means Mariha was abducted sometime after 3:30 AM, when she was last seen by her mother, driven to a vacant duplex, suffocated, and set on fire, all before 8:00 AM that same morning.
It was at that time the Detroit Fire Department was alerted to a fire at the vacant duplex. The DFD concluded that the fire was arson, and that the accelerant used was gasoline.
But now the DPD has found an unidentified person of interest that they must track down, because he could be connected to the arson. On Thursday night, the DPD released surveillance camera stills of a man seen buying a container of gasoline at a BP station at Dexter and West Davison at about 7:45 AM Sunday.
Sources say the man gave the clerk a twenty, pumped about one-half gallon of gas in the container and left without picking up fis change.The BP station was located only two blocks from the Waverly duplex.
The DPD would very much like to speak to the man. He is described as black, 5’9″ tall, with a short hair cut. Anyone with information about this stranger can contact DPD Homicide at 596-2260, or Crime Stoppers, (800) SPEAK UP.