Woman Murdered in Portage Apartment, Suspect in Custody

Posted at 6:54 PM, Sep 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-13 18:54:25-04

PORTAGE, Mich.- Delores Smith, 56, was found murdered in her apartment at Devonshire Apartments, Thursday night.

Police tell us a suspect is in custody after being arrested in Saginaw.  They say he was found hiding under a trailer during the suspect search.

Police records show 58-year-old Clinton Smith was booked on homicide charges Friday by the Portage Police Department.  Neighbors of Delores say he is her ex or estranged husband.

Police tell us a family member called for a welfare check for Delores Smith after she didn’t show up for work at the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home.  When they arrived they found her murdered.

An autopsy Friday revealed Delores Smith’s cause of death but police will only say she was not shot.

Neighbors tell us Delores Smith was friendly but mostly kept to herself.

Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting says the case has not yet been brought to him.  Portage Police expect that to presented to Getting Saturday morning with formal charges to follow shortly.