HONOR, Mich. (AP) — A body was found near a cabin in northwestern Michigan where a 47-year-old Detroit-area woman reportedly went missing in October, authorities said.
The family of Adrienne Quintal, 47, called authorities in Benzie County about 1:30 p.m. Saturday to report finding the body in a flooded area on the family’s property near Honor, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported.
Benzie County Undersheriff Kyle Rosa, deputies and a medical examiner recovered the body. An autopsy was planned to identify the body and determine a cause of death.
The last known communication with Quintal was through a family friend on Oct. 17, according to her sister, Jenny Bryson. She said Quintal called the friend at 2:34 a.m. to say she was involved in a shootout with two men who were outside the cabin while she was inside. The friend said Quintal explained that she shot one man in the face and the other shot at her, according to Bryson.
Authorities found multiple bullet holes in the empty cabin and shell casings on the ground from what appeared to be multiple guns. No evidence that someone had been shot or injured was found, but evidence was found suggesting shots were fired out of the cabin from the inside.
Quintal’s 9mm handgun also was found on the ground and her boots and cellphone on the roof.
Honor is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of Traverse City and 254 miles (408 kilometers) northwest of Detroit.
The body found Saturday was in about 3 feet (0.9 meter) of water in an area where searchers had looked for Quintal, WPBN-TV reported.
The ground around the cabin is swampy and nearly impassable in some areas, making a search very difficult, Rosa said.
“We’re hopeful that it’s Quintal so that we can close out our case and we can bring closure to the family, finally,” Rosa said. “It’s been a long road for them, and they’ve been sticking with it and being positive and trying to be on the positive end of things.”