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Angie Picker: A Year After Her Mysterious Death, Still No Answers

The 28-year-old aspiring model died in her Royal Oak home on April 14, 2011. Her family and friends remember her as smiling and upbeat.

Angie Picker, a 28-year-old aspiring model and former exotic dancer, was found dead in a bathtub in her Royal Oak home a year ago. But the mystery over what happened remains, and closure is elusive for friends and family who still mourn the loss.

Picker, who was described by loved ones as beautiful inside and out, was found unresponsive after a 911 call on April 14, 2011.

While Picker's friends and family still wait for answers, they remember her as someone who was adventurous, but who was on the verge of making serious changes in her life.

“She was beautiful in every way,” said Keily Pratt of Taylor. Picker was Pratt’s maid of honor at her 2003 wedding. “She was amazing and caring — she was something else.”

After responding to a late afternoon 911 call last April, Royal Oak officers found Picker dead inside her home in the 2000 block of East 11 Mile Road. A month later, on May 17, Deputy Oakland County Medical Examiner Dr. Bernardino Pacris amended Picker’s death certificate and listed the manner of her death as homicide.

Picker’s blood toxicology showed no sign of a drug overdose and the ME ruled out organ failure, such as a heart attack, as the cause of death.  Without evidence of something rendering her unconscious, Pacris said, he ruled it a homicide.

The medical examiner did not indicate if there were any signs of a struggle.

In the months following her suspicious death, the Royal Oak police have not released any details and have stated repeatedly the case is still under investigation.

Friends and family wait – and remember with fondness Picker's ambitions and loving nature.

“Yes she was a dancer and she did drugs,” Pratt said. “But she also had a serious side and was very businesslike. When it was time for Angie to get straight, she put her game face on.”

Picker did some modeling and landed a couple of movie roles as an extra. She told Pratt she wanted to get out of dancing and was thinking of pursuing a real estate career.

“She wanted to be a model. She tried and tried – we have pictures galore of her – but she wasn’t that tall,” said Picker’s mother Renee Lockhart, of Rose City, MI. “But all her friends were having babies and she realized she was getting older and she wanted to settle down and have a baby, too. She was getting her life together. That is what makes this so hard.”

Lockhart said Picker, her only child, went to visit her in northern Michigan for three weeks shortly before her death. “She was a good girl,” said Lockhart. “She called me everyday.”

After being back in Royal Oak for only a few days, Pratt said Picker told her she called her mother on a Tuesday and asked her to come and get her and bring her back to Rose City.

“Her mom told her she would have to wait until Thursday,” Pratt said. That Thursday, instead of picking up her daughter, Lockhart answered a knock on the door from the West Branch sheriff, who told her that her daughter was dead, she said.

“We loved her to death,” Lockhart said. “Everyone knew she was a dancer. They didn’t shame her for what she did. She was always laughing and smiling. She was so sweet.”

What bothers Lockhart and Pratt was that Picker was found in a bathtub. Both women insist Picker only took showers. Lockhart said her daughter was diagnosed with stage 2 cervical cancer and worried baths were unhealthy.

Pratt is also uncomfortable with the notion of homicide.

“I cannot imagine why someone would want to hurt her,” Pratt said. “She didn’t do people wrong. It had to be some kind of accident.”

Pratt believes there are a handful of people that might know what caused Picker’s death nearly one year ago.

“I hope someone comes forward and will tell what they know,” she said. “If it was an accident, I hope someone would feel some sort of guilt.”

If you have information you want to share anonymously, call Crime Stoppers of Southeast Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK UP.

Keily Pratt April 11, 2012 at 10:30 PM
A special Thanks, to Mrs. Judy Davids for running a story, nobody wanted to touch. We are eternally grateful! ♥♥♥
Judy Davids (Editor) April 11, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Thank you for the kind words. I hope you find the answers you are looking for.
Brett A. Hermance April 12, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Gosh! I pray for the family and friends who knew and loved her! I hope they get the answer soon!!
Peggy Goodwin April 12, 2012 at 02:52 AM
I too, thank Judy Davids for bringing this to light. Another tragic homicide. My thoughts and prayers are with the family to gain peace and closure.
Teri Williams April 13, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Well done, Judy! This is the first time I read about Angie.
Ronald Wolf April 14, 2012 at 07:23 AM
I too hope this case will not disappear. Someone knows something about this. There is an anonymous tip line and cash rewards. Crimestoppers offers up to $2500 for information leading to an arrest, they do not use caller ID, you do not have to give your name, or testify. To submit a tip call: 1-800-SPEAK-UP (1-800-773-2587) , www.1800speakup.org, text CSM and your tip to CRIMES(274637)
Ronald Wolf April 14, 2012 at 07:33 AM
Peggy, thankyou for being the only commissioner who spoke up. If more citizens and public officials contributed to the Patch this could start a revolution in Royal Oak, for the better.
Rosie April 15, 2012 at 03:56 AM
I really hope they lock that guy up She was too kind for this hope the police do there jobs now that finally someone is speaking about this its sad
Jason Segel July 21, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I find it difficult to believe with all the forensic science/technology that is available today they don't have a better lead. They seem to have no real interest in getting to the bottom of things. Here are some questions that SHOULD be asked and are NOT being asked or highlighted in the article (and family and friends please don't take offense!). This is a nice memoir. However, it isn't particularly helpful to say how wonderful and nice she was when you are trying to get info about solving a potential crime. She wasn't done in by those who loved her and thought she was nice and wonderful. The truth is, everyone in life has enemies. The focus here should be who did NOT like her. Who was jealous of her? who had motive? Who was angry with her? If nothing was stolen it sounds like a hate/revenge crime. Again, I mean no disrespect...but who did she piss off in life? Everyone pisses someone off in life. None of us are perfect in life. NONE of us...alive or passed away. Having enemies doesn't take away her value as a person or that she was a good person. The majority of murders are caused because of money, greed, jealousy, or boyfriend/girlfriend jealousy issues...Also, almost ALL homicides are committed by SOMEONE WHO KNOWS THE PERSON! Very VERY small percentage of murders are committed by a random stranger. If nothing was stolen this was not a stranger. This was personal. The story mentions nothing about any of this and should. Rest in peace Angie!!!
Julie Glassco October 01, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Keily, I would like to speak with you if possible. Things have been going on regarding Angie over the last year. It is a lot to go over on here. Let me know if you are still checking this forum for comments. Sincerely, A Friend who wants Justice
Keily Pratt October 04, 2012 at 12:12 AM
To Julie Glassco. I'm sorry i didn't notice you're reply sooner. Please contact me @ keily@bradjordanhomes.com
DeAnn Lindsay March 15, 2014 at 09:05 AM
Have they ever solved this case? Do they know who did this to her?

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