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Body of elderly Farmington Hills woman discovered in pond

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FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (WJBK) -

82-year-old Marjorie Caruthers was a mother and grandmother and a longtime resident of Farmington Hills.  She just signed off on the sale of her home on Monday, but Tuesday morning her body was discovered in a pond in her subdivision off Nine Mile Road near Halstead.

"Such a sweet lady.  She would do anything for any one of us," said son Brad Caruthers.  "It just doesn't make any sense why she'd want to give up on life so soon."

He just saw his mom on Sunday and she seemed happy to be moving to an assisted living facility.  She didn't like being alone and was in the process of packing up all of her belongings. 
She did deeply missed her husband of 50 years.  Chuck died in 2004, but Brad never thought his mother would take her own life -- a possibility Farmington Hills police are looking into since there were no obvious signs of foul play.

Farmington Hills police say Marjorie's jacket with her medical I. D. in the pocket was found along the shoreline.  Her body was about 20 feet out.

"Why would you get out of the house with just shoes and a coat on over pajamas?" questioned Brad.

Marjorie had been having trouble sleeping and may have been on sleep medication.  Could that have played a role in her death?  The investigation is ongoing, but for relatives and neighbors who knew and loved her, none of it makes sense.  She was active, seemed happy and was supposed to be at a luncheon Tuesday afternoon.

"She was very happy to move into the new place and never expect it," said neighbor Al Granata.  "Beautiful lady, beautiful lady."

"I just wish that she could've called and said, 'I'm done.'  You know, she could've had help," said Brad.

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