Detroit woman’s family still seeks closure to her August slaying


Almost half a year later, Amanda Newson’s terrible death still haunts her family.

Newson, a 46-year-old mother and grandmother of four, was killed at 7:30 a.m. on August 18 in a wooded area in a western Detroit neighborhood near Stoepel Park in the Woodmont area near Ellis found several times shot; Her body was discovered in the trunk of her silver four-door Saturn.

Monica Newson-Wise, Newson’s younger sister, said she was last seen alive on August 17. The family received a message on Facebook from a neighbor trying to find them when Newson’s body was found. The neighbor was alerted, Wise said, because Newson hadn’t returned home to prepare for work.

Now Newson’s family fears that last month, along with Newson’s friend, who was found hanging in the living room of his Detroit home, the clues died on who was responsible for their murder. The man was not named as a suspect in the case.

Newsom-Wise said she was unsure if her sister was a victim of domestic violence or if someone had targeted her. But she said Newson had no enemies and was not involved in a lifestyle that would cause her trouble.

“She stayed to herself and worked hard,” said Newson-Wise. “She wasn’t involved in any drama.”

Family photo of murder victim Amanda Newson

Newson, a graduate of Romulus High School and the William D. Ford Career Institute, was a domestic worker, her sister said.

Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood, a spokeswoman for the Detroit Police Department, said the investigation was still ongoing.

Newson-Wise said she hopes the investigation ends on a suspect so the family can be closed.

“There were so many people who loved her,” she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Detroit Police Department Homicide at (313) 596-2260.