A badly decomposed body was found Friday afternoon hanging from a tree near the M-53 expressway and 23 Mile Road in Shelby Township.
Lt. Mike Coady told Patch the person was hanging by the neck, and appeared to have been there for a "very long time."
Coady said the body was found in a wooded area, near a strip of land where builders have been clearing trees to make way for development, but the area was not visible to any homes or office buildings.
"It was in a wooded area and now that the leaves have dropped its more sparse," he said.
The body was discovered around 2 p.m. after a motorist alerted the police that they had seen something suspicious. When police arrived, they made the gruesome discovery.
"It hasn’t been classified as s suicide at this time," Coady said.
The Macomb County Medical Examiner was to perform an autopsy Saturday to determine the cause of death.
Police have not released the person's identity.