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Body of missing teen Brynn Bills ‘found in backyard’ amid ‘suspicious death’

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The body of missing teen Brynn Bills has been found buried in a backyard.

Michigan State Police confirmed the tragic 18-year-old was discovered in the backyard of a home in Alpena Township.

She had been missing since early August and her desperate dad Guane put out a $20,000 (£14,900) reward for information into his daughter's whereabouts.

The authorities said were executing a search on the backyard based on an anonymous tip they received.

Michigan State Police First Lt John Grimshaw said: "The tip led us to an area where we had seen that there was some fresh dirt and something that looked like it had been dug up recently.

"So it was easy to locate, there were several spots on the property like that, so we narrowed our search to those and that's where we found the body.

"To find the patch of dirt, it was pretty evident, so it didn’t take long to see the locations of interest to us to look, (but) it took us a long time to find the remains and to get her out of there.”

The body was identified by matching tattoos on the body with those described on Brynn.

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State police said the home belongs to Joshua Wirgau, 34, who is now being described as a person of interest in the case.

He is currently being held in the Alpena County Jail on charges of unlawful imprisonment and felonious assault in connection with an unrelated incident that took place on Monday.

Lt Grimshaw added: "He is a person of interest.

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"He is the homeowner where there was a deceased body found on it, so he is a person of interest. He has an attorney."

An autopsy is underway to officially verify the identification of the body while authorities have yet to determine a cause of death.

State police are calling the death suspicious at this point as part of a criminal investigation.

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