Woman found dead after allegedly killing father - WNEM TV 5

Woman found dead after allegedly killing father

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Stephanie Nies (Source: police) Stephanie Nies (Source: police)
MIDLAND COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Police said a local woman was found dead after she allegedly shot and killed her father. 

It happened between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Dec. 5 in Midland County's Jerome Township.

The Midland County Sheriff's Department received two calls regarding the incident. The first call came from a man, later identified as 67-year-old Rayton Dale Nies, who said his daughter had a loaded gun.

The second call came from either Rayton's wife or son, who were both in the home, and said their father was shot, Sheriff Scott Stephenson said.

The sheriff's department responded to the scene about 8:30 p.m. and found Rayton Nies dead, police said.  Midland County 911 said the victim was the suspect's father.

A statewide broadcast was sent out to area law enforcement to search for 28-year-old Stephanie Nies. Investigators believed she had a 12-gauge shotgun and considered her armed and dangerous, Stephenson said. 

Police tried to track Nies through her phone, but the system was temporarily down. When the system was back up and running, police pinged her phone to an area in Jerome Township, near 8 Mile and Neiner Road, about 5 miles south of the shooting location.

At 1:42 a.m. on Tuesday, police found Stephanie Nies dead in her vehicle from a single gunshot wound. 

TV5 has learned Stephanie had been enrolled recently as a nursing student at SVSU. She was not enrolled this semester.

Police are still investigating the circumstances that led to the shootings.

"Terrible. I just can't understand it," said Gordon Traskos, victim's neighbor. "He seemed like a very nice person."

TV5 is learning more about what may have led to the tragic shooting.

"There's been some Facebook posts that are alleging that the young woman became extremely upset with her father because he had euthanized her dog earlier that day without telling her," Stephenson said.

He said there could be more to the case than a dispute over the family pet.

"There might be some other things that we're still looking into and investigating because we really do want to make sure we have a proper motive," Stephenson said.

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