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Missing woman found dead inside her own home

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(03/11/14) - Alana Childers, whose family says they haven't seen or heard from her in weeks, has been found dead - inside of her home.   

"After entering the home safely, and removing many items, we have found her," says Mt. Morris Township Police Chief Scott McKenna.

Family members had reported 68-year-old Childers missing Thursday.

Police had looked in the house last week, but say the conditions inside were not safe to do an extensive search. McKenna says the first floor was caving in and items were piled "floor to ceiling."

The home is located in the 1300 block of West Downey Ave., not far from the Buell Elementary School site.

ABC12 briefly spoke with Childers' son and he says they had been getting different explanations, on where she was, from her longtime boyfriend. 

McKenna says her boyfriend is in custody, in Clare County, on unrelated charges. 

Childers' death is being investigated as suspicious as police try to determine what happened to her.

Mt. Morris Township Supervisor Larry Green he's not aware of anyone ever reporting anything unusual at the home or on the property which would have triggered a check of the conditions.

McKenna says he's not aware of any police related calls to the home either.

Debris could be seen through the partially open, front door. An orange, condemned sign is now posted on it. Windows are boarded up.

"It's (like) something you see on TV," says McKenna. "She's collected for years."

Investigators planned the second search after finding no sign of activity anywhere. 

"They've been checking bank records, financial statements, ATM stuff, bridge card, all that stuff and there has been no activity at all," McKenna says. "So basically today they wanted to, with our building officials and code enforcement people, find a safe way to enter the home."

Police had to go through the window, Tuesday, to search the home.  

"She never let no one in it," says friend Jim Baldwin. "It's the way she lived."

The Michigan State Police Crime Lab assisted with the search Tuesday.

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