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Missing Detroit mother found dead in a pile of snow outside vacant house

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An undated photo of Kimberly Pettus An undated photo of Kimberly Pettus
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A 54-year-old Detroit woman who was reported missing Sunday evening was discovered dead in a pile of snow. Kimberly Pettus, a mother and grandmother, struggled with mental illness but her daughter says she was on medication and appeared to be fine when she was last seen.  

"She sounded okay, and I know when she's not okay," says daughter April Taylor.  

For some reason Pettus left her home and wandered out into the record cold Sunday. The family reported her missing and three days later the owner of a vacant home on the 14,000 block of Prevost St. found her body.  

"I walked up the driveway, and there she was. She was laying in the snow, halfway up against the wall," says Jim Brown. He says people in the neighborhood believed they saw Pettus wandering Sunday night, and even saw her trying to get into this house.

As to why he believes no one called 911, Brown tells Fox 2's Alexis Wiley, "Some people would probably be thinking, well, you know, 'As usual, oh well, she's drunk, she's probably high.' A lot of people probably don't want to be involved."

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to watch the report from Alexis Wiley


The cause of death is still being determined but signs of foul play are not apparent.

You can donate to any local Chase Bank to the fund 'Business of Kimberly Elizabeth Pettus' to help the family pay for burial costs. You can also send a donation to P.O. Box 23575 Detroit, MI 48223.

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