50-year-old recent transplant to Detroit, Michigan arrested on Jan 14 after police found the remains of his long dead girlfriend in their home in Rockwood
Jeffrey Thomas, 50, was harged on Tuesday with concealing the death of his girlfriend after police found her plastic-wrapped body in their bedroom
Authorities believe that Jennifer Butkowski, 32, had been dead for up to a month
When police came calling Sunday night, Thomas jumped from an upper-floor window and told officers a gunman was inside, holding children as hostages.
Thomas was disoriented, arms and legs covered in blood, neither gunman nor children were found inside the home
Held on bond of $200,000, Thomas faces five years in prison and a $5,000 fine, if convicted of concealing his partner’s death
However, police are treating Butkowski’s death as a homicide
Jeffrey Thomas, has been charged with concealing the death of an individual. Cops found his girlfriend’s body wrapped in plastic in the bedroom of a home they shared in Detroit, Michigan, Sunday
A man has been arrested after his girlfriend’s body was found wrapped in plastic in a home southwest of Detroit, Michigan.
Prosecutors said Jeffrey Thomas, 50, was charged Tuesday with concealing the death of an individual. The victim was identified as 32-year-old Jennifer Butkowski.
Butkowski and Thomas were in a relationship and lived together in a home in Rockwood, Michigan.
Jeffrey Thomas, 50, was charged Tuesday with concealing the death of an individual after police found his girlfriend’s body wrapped in plastic in the bedroom of a home they shared.
During his arraignment Tuesday Thomas was questioned by Judge James Kersten about his employment, to which he replied “U.S. Steel.”
“I last worked two weeks ago when all this started coming about,” Thomas told the judge.
“I will admit there were about three or four days there I was in funk,” Thomas continued. “All I did was drink. I was upset with myself missing the one person I truly loved.”
The remains of mother-of-one, Jennifer Ann Butkowski [left], was discovered when police were called to the house early Sunday morning. Upon arrival, they found a disoriented Thomas, who had blood on his hands, arms and legs, according to The Detroit News.
Police said Thomas jumped from an upper-floor window at the Rockwood home shortly after midnight and told officers a gunman was inside, holding children as hostages.
No gunman or children were found inside, however.
When authorities entered the house, they smelled a foul odor. Going deeper into the house, they discovered Butkowski’s body, which had been wrapped in plastic. The windows in the bedroom were also open despite sub-freezing temperatures.
When police came calling, Jeffery Thomas jumped from a window of the upper story of his home on Sunday night, claiming a gunman was in the house
Police said that Butkowski had been dead for up to a month, but that there were no obvious signs of trauma on her body, WXYZ reported.
Rockwood Police Chief Randy Krause said an autopsy will determine the cause of death. The case is being treated as a homicide.
The house had a foul odor, the windows in the bedroom were a open despite sub-freezing temperatures. The odor led officers to the discovery of Butkowski’s body, which had been wrapped in plastic
Authorities said that Thomas jumped from a window of the upper story of the home which he shared with his girlfriend on Sunday night, claiming a gunman was in the house.
When police entered the house, they found Jennifer Butkowski’s body, wrapped in plastic, in the bedroom. It’s estimated that she had been dead for up to a month
Police said that it was unclear why the scantily-clad Thomas had jumped out the window. He was arrested at the scene and taken to a nearby hospital, the News-Herald said.
‘He tried to conceal the death by wrapping her in plastic. We don’t know what his intentions were to do with the body, but that is a crime and we are holding him on that,’ Krause said, according to WXYZ.
Thomas and Butkowski were said to have moved to Rockwood from another state less than two months ago. Police confirmed her identity through Facebook and her tattoos.
“The police officer was able to find Jennifer Butkowski’s Facebook page and one of the photos was Jennifer’s midsection and the star tattoo was the same,” said Det. Sgt. Steven Mercure.
Police say as the investigation continues it’s still unclear how the victim died because Thomas refuses to answer questions. Her body was so badly decomposed that the pathologist continues to search for answers.
Jennifer is survived by her son Dylan Pauley, her parents Richard and Karen Butkowski and sister Ashly Butkowski.
According to a Fox2 report, investigators said the fact that Thomas is not from Michigan and because his family lives out of state became a factor in setting his bond at $200,000.
“I do believe you are a flight risk,” said Judge Kersten. “Bond is $200,000.”
The next court date for Thomas is Jan. 30.
If convicted of concealing Butkowski’s death, Thomas could face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.