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Suspect identified after body of 18-year-old found

Posted at 10:40 PM, Aug 19, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — As family and friends morn the death of an East Kentwood graduate, juvenile court officials have identified 16-year-old Savon Schmus as the suspect in McKenna Hilton's death.

Schmus appeared for a detention hearing in court Friday afternoon.

The prosecutor is still reviewing the case and potential charges. A decision could come as early as Saturday, sources with the sheriff's department tell FOX 17.

Officials tell FOX 17 that Schmus and Hilton knew each other.

Hilton, 18, was found outdoors in the 2000 block of Valentine Street NE in Grand Rapids Township on Thursday. Residents in the area say the body was found at a trail head in the area.

Autopsy results are still pending while investigators determine an exact cause of death.

Michael Zoerhoff, Kentwood Public Schools Superintendent, offered his condolences in this statement Friday night:

"McKenna was an East Kentwood High School graduate and an outstanding person.  Kentwood Public Schools is a close family built on strong positive relationships.  We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss and our district crisis team will have counselors available today and Monday at East Kentwood High School for students and staff who need to talk.  McKenna and her family are in our thoughts and prayers."