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Flint man charged in suffocation death of woman

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Authorities have charged a Flint man in the suffocation death of a Mid-Michigan woman. 

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton announced charges Wednesday, Feb. 14 against 47-year-old David Reid of Flint.

Reid is accused of killing 53-year-old Ranee Marie Mckelvey. The Grand Blanc Township woman was found dead on Feb. 11 in her South Hampton Avenue home after co-workers checked on her when she didn’t show up for work.

Mckelvey was found lying face down on her bed. Investigators believe she was suffocated.

Leyton said detectives believe Reid was trying to burn Mckelvey’s home after the murder. They found the natural gas line behind the stove had been turned on and the house was filled with gas.

There were also candles burning.

Reid is currently on parole with intent to commit great bodily harm, Leyton said. He had recently moved into Mckelvey’s home after meeting her on the internet dating site “Plenty of Fish,” police said.

He was arrested in Detroit without incident.

Reid has been charged with murder and attempted arson.

"She was my rock. She just was everything. She was just one of a kind and I wish he would not have taken her away from us," said Angie, Mckelvey's best friend.

Angie had been Mckelvey's neighbor for 18 years.

"You guys would just totally fall in love with her the first five seconds you knew her. She put a smile on your face," Angie said. "She was just a great, great, great person. And for this monster to do what he did, he didn't have to do that."

Angie knew Reid was a parolee and said he wasn't supposed to be driving. She said she saw him drive away from the home the night Mckelvey died.

"I didn't think anything of it, but he was going to get a pack of cigarettes. Then he never came back. The next day I found out my best friend, like a sister to me, he'd killed her," Angie said.

She said she will get closure when Reid is sentenced to life in prison.

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