Southfield, Michigan -- A junior at Oakland University who had been missing for 28 days has been found dead behind a house here.
Southfield police are investigating the death of the student, Tina S. Biggar, as a homicide. The medical examiner was unable to determine the cause of death because the body had decomposed.
Kenneth R. Tranchida has been charged with first-degree murder. Police officials described him as a "drifter" and said he had been seen with Ms. Biggar before her death. Reginald Phillips, a Southfield police officer, said Mr. Tranchida had confessed to the crime, but his confession is inadmissible in court because he had no lawyer present.
Before her death, Ms. Biggar, a psychology major, had been working on a university research project financed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to campus officials. She and eight other Oakland students had interviewed prostitutes in a local detention center to test their knowledge of AIDS.
Police suspect that Ms. Biggar herself was a prostitute. But they would not comment on whether she became a prostitute during the research project, or had worked as one before that time.
Police are also uncertain about how Ms. Biggar met Mr. Tranchida
"THE DEAD CANNOT CRY OUT FOR JUSTICE IT IS A DUTY OF THE LIVING TO DO SO FOR THEM" Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness These are the rights listed in the Declaration of Independence for each of us; EXCEPT IF YOU ARE MURDERED YOU NO LONGER HAVE ANY RIGHTS. Someone took them and now THEIR RIGHTS ARE PROTECTED. is a tradgedy that doesnt help the victims or their families heal.