Few Details Released About Grosse Pointe Woods Homicide

Donald Lionel DeWulf was found dead in his home on the 2000 block of Hampton Road in Grosse Pointe Woods on Monday morning.


As of Wednesday morning, Grosse Pointe Woods police have released few details about the ongoing homicide investigation of Grosse Pointe Woods resident Donald Lionel DeWulf.

Donald Lionel DeWulf, 54, was found dead in his home on the 2000 block of Hampton Road by a family member at approximately 9:40 a.m. Monday, according to a press release issued by Grosse Pointe Woods Police.

Grosse Pointe Woods Police Lt. John Ross said the Wayne County Prosecutor's office has taken the lead in the investigation and any further releases would be from their office.

In an emailed statement to Patch, Wayne County Assistant Prosectutor Maria Miller said, "The case is under investigation as a homicide and not a suicide. The police investigation is ongoing. Although it's natural for people to want information it is premature to comment. We would not want to adversely affect the investigation in any way."

Lt. Ross confirmed that no arrests had been made as of Wednesday morning. A press release by Woods police on Tuesday said that the suspect or suspects are “unknown.”

A Tuesday night report on clickondetroit.com said that DeWulf had been shot in the head and was hanging from electrical wire in his bathroom.  DeWulf's family has disputed the report saying that he was found on the floor of his home.

Police were originally contacted with a report of a suicide but no weapon has been recovered, according to clickondetroit.com.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the Grosse Pointe Woods Detective Bureau at 313-343-2412.

According to an obituary posted online, DeWulf was a 1976 graduate of Lakeview High School.

This article was updated on Nov. 28 at 1:46 p.m.

Sylvia Taylor November 28, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Burglars don't shoot and hang their victims. That is someone he knew since no gun was found at the scene.
katie brown November 28, 2012 at 02:53 PM
ok, so I hang myself with a electrical cord and then shoot myself in the head or visa versa. Thought to be a suicide at first? You've got to be kidding........
John F Martin November 28, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Yet today, a Woods police officer spent his time calling residents who allegedly parked in the loading zone at Mason Elementary for 90 seconds. I'm not even kidding.
John Chronos November 29, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Perhaps someone he knew. Or perhaps someone was trying to get him to tell something. If he was indeed hung from an electrical cord (from where?) and then shot, it looks like something from a movie... and the shooter may have been someone he knew or someone more "professional."
Bob Frapples November 30, 2012 at 03:51 PM
All laws that are broken should be dealt with, not just the "big ones". Would you have it that every cop work solely on the one most serious crime and let the smaller ones go unattended? The most serious ones need the most attention...but not ALL the attention.
KellyB December 04, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Bob - while all broken laws should be dealt with "not just the big ones"? Are you serious? How many "big ones" does the Woods get? A murder? You bet every detective on our force should be dealing with this very serious and henious crime. What has our police force have to work except B&E's along Mack and DUI's in the middle of the night on Mack. Let our detectives show their true colors and use their education and training to solve this crime. I just pray they don't botch it like the Park did with the Bashara case. My prayers go out to Don DeWulf's family.
KellyB December 04, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Katie - it's taken me a while to answer your question. Very adept. How do these rumors start?? The man never tried to hang himself, he was shot in the "back" of the head, he was found on his bathroom floor and no weapon recovered. Obviously, he was a target and not a random act. Because of these rumors people on Hampton are afraid and rightly so. But, this was no random act. Again, my prayers go out to the DeWulf family. God Bless.
KellyB December 04, 2012 at 06:59 PM
So what John? Maybe they can share something they saw, maybe not. As I said before, we have a great police force for simple and mindless police work. Let's see them step up to the plate and do some very serious investigating. Isn't this what they got their degrees in Criminal Justice for??


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