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UPDATE: Police Comb Woodward Median Late Wednesday

The man and woman who were arrested in the slaying of an 80-year-old Royal Oak woman were known to have stayed at nearby motels.

Update, 10:50 p.m. Wednesday: Royal Oak police were using metal detectors to comb the Woodward Avenue median directly in front of the  late Wednesday evening. The Royal Oak Fire Department and Department of Public Service were assisting as police dug up the median in a grid pattern inside yellow tape.

Nancy Dailey, an 80-year-old Royal Oak woman, was found dead in her home Sunday with her throat slashed. The weapon used in her killing had not been accounted for, according to information provided by police.

"The couple (taken into custody Tuesday) had been known to stay at several motels within the city of Royal Oak in the past couple of weeks," Royal Oak Police Lt. Thomas Goad said earlier in the day. Police could be seen searching and removing evidence at the and motels Tuesday, following up on dozens of tips, according to Goad.

9 a.m. Wednesday: The suspects in the slaying of Royal Oak resident Nancy Dailey are not expected to be arraigned today, Royal Oak Police Lt. Thomas Goadsaid this morning. They were being held in the Royal Oak jail.

"This was a heinous, horrible crime and we know residents were scared and nervous and that's why it was very important to us to work around the clock on this case," Goad told Royal Oak Patch. "We want to restore residents' confidence and alleviate fear."

4:30 a.m. Wednesday:

The two people arrested Tuesday in connection with the Sunday are not related to the woman, Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O'Donohue said.

The man and woman were in custody in Royal Oak late Tuesday, but there was no word yet of charges or an arraignment. However, police said they did not expect to make any more arrests in the brutal slaying of Nancy Dailey.

The arrests, made less than 48 hours after Dailey was found in her home off Woodward near 13 Mile Road, drew praise from the woman's relieved neighbors.

“I applaud the efforts of the police and other agencies involved in handling this swiftly,” said Tim Stedman, a former president of the Woodwardside neighborhood association, of which Dailey was an active member. “Being a personal friend of Nancy, it means a lot to me.”

Stedman and Dailey were neighbors for more than 20 years.

A relative found Dailey dead in her home in the 2900 block of Trafford just after 8 p.m. Sunday, police said. Her hands were bound behind her back and her throat cut.

The two arrested suspects were "parole absconders," Royal Oak Police Lt. Thomas Goad said in a news release, which means they have failed to report for parole as required as a condition of their release from prison.

Royal Oak Police, in conjunction with the Oakland County Fugitive Apprehension Team and U.S. Marshals, made the arrests in Canton Township about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Royal Oak Police said.  

Throughout the day Tuesday, investigators were searching and removing evidence at the and motels on Woodward near Dailey’s home. "The couple had been known to stay at several motels within the city of Royal Oak in the past couple of weeks," Goad said.

Detectives were able to determine the identities of the suspects after they used an ATM card belonging to Dailey and police used cell phone tracking technology to find the suspects, WXYZ-TV reported Tuesday night. Goad would not confirm that information Wednesday.

Royal Oak resident Mike McCulloch told police Tuesday that he saw and said hello to the man and woman on Sunday. He said they were walking headed north on Woodward in the direction of Dailey’s home, WDIV reported

It was the second homicide in Royal Oak this fall. on Rochester Road – beaten, stabbed and her throat slashed. Her on-and-off boyfriend, in the case and is .

Before that, Royal Oak recorded just one homicide in each of the years 2000, 2004, 2005 and 2010, according to city-data.com.

Stedman said Dailey was not the type of person who would “buy in” to strangers, but acknowledged she might have been confused.

“Maybe these people were smooth talkers and they caught her off guard,” he said.

City Commissioner Patricia Capello, a longtime Woodwardside resident, said she dropped off Meals on Wheels to Dailey and considered her a friend. "Nancy was a wonderful, wonderful person,” Capello said.

“I am very impressed by the speed and determination of the Royal Oak Police. They have my everlasting gratitude in setting everybody’s mind at rest in solving this case."

Debra Ball November 23, 2011 at 05:06 PM
And I also think our police in RO did a great job apprehending the suspects.
vickie November 23, 2011 at 06:41 PM
I live within walking distance of both of those motels. The neighborhood is a nice, well taken care of area of Royal Oak. There are so many transients that stay at those too hotels that it is scary to even walk in front of them during the daytime. It is a shame that you pay upscale taxes for Vinsetta Park subdivision and these dangerous eyesores are in the neighborhood. I wish Royal Oak would get rid of them of condemn them. I would prefer a strip mall there as opposed to the trash that is there right now
mike November 24, 2011 at 07:24 PM
They need to get these drug users of the streets.
Mary Hickman Kruszewski November 26, 2011 at 04:16 PM
We absolutely need to get these seedy "motels" out of the city - period. Nothing good can ever happen there. They are eye sores, make law-abiding and tax paying residents nervous, and now have been identified to tragic crime - when will we get rid of these!!!??
TJ Terry December 01, 2011 at 04:43 AM
I grew up in Royal Oak (12 and Woodward) and went to Shrine High in the late 70s/early 80s. For most of that time, I walked to and from the high school, about 1.3 miles each way. I also had a route I ran through the Trafford Rd. neighborhood year-round after dark. In hindsight that wasn't the smartest move I ever made. The scariest time I ever had was when a guy flashed me ( a 14 year old female freshman) - he opened his trenchcoat (with nothing underneath - gross). It was near one of those hotels, by the place that used to be a "jewelry store", but was always locked. I always thought it was a front for something, maybe drugs or smuggling. The RO police and neighbors did an excellent job of identifying and catching these people. Most people think "it will never happen HERE", but anything is possible. After college, I moved to a much less populated and rural area, and my neighbors are much too complacent for their own good, most of the time.

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