MSP investigating death of another Alpena County woman weeks after Brynn Bills death

Remains believed to be Abby Hill, who was reported missing on Oct. 5

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Michigan State Police are investigating what appears to be a homicide in Alpena County after the remains of a female were found in a wooded area Friday afternoon. MSP detectives were acting on a tip when they found the body.

MSP detectives say a positive identification has not been made, but it is believed to be Abby Hill, 31, who was reported missing on Oct. 5.

An autopsy is scheduled for today, Oct. 18, to determine the cause of death. Updates will be posted on the Twitter account of MSPNorthernMI. Michigan State Police hopes to have more information in the investigation in the coming days.

Troopers said Hill is wanted on two felony warrants stemming from a Sept. 21 incident in which she is one of three accused of unlawful imprisonment and illegal possession of a firearm, according to court records.

Records show that on the night of Sept. 21, Hill, Joshua Wirgau and Brad Srebnik called for a tow truck from Prells Towing in Alpena. When it arrived, they held the driver hostage at gunpoint, forcing him to drive the group to the intersection of Lacomb and Haken Roads, records state.

Court documents also state Hill and Srebnik were with Wirgau and both had guns, too. The document shows the driver told police they drove the three to the intersection and all exited the vehicle. Little else is known about what allegedly happened that night. It’s not clear from court records whether Wirgau, Hill or Srebnik knew their alleged victim, and police would add no further details, according to reporting by the Alpena News.

If police positively identify the newly found body as Hill, many unanswered questions remain. For instance, Hill participated in the alleged holdup on Sept. 21 with Wirgau, the owner of the Alpena Township home where police found the body of 18-year-old Bynn Bills at the end of September.

Bills disappeared on Aug. 1 when her family last had contact with her. The family filed a missing persons report with the Alpena Police Department on Aug. 17 after they became concerned when she did not respond to messages about her 18th birthday.

Acting on an anonymous tip, police searched Wirgau's property on 1630 Naylor Road and found Bill's remains buried under a home, according to UpNorthLive News.

Because Bills' remains were found on Wirgau's property, he is a person of interest in the suspicious death investigation at this time.

A family member confirmed to UpNorthLive News that the missing Hill was one of the last people to see Brynn Bills before she disappeared and was ultimately found dead.

Investigators are still waiting for toxicology and autopsy reports in the Bills case, according to Special Lt. Derrick Carroll.

No arrests have been made in either case. Meanwhile, both Wirgau and Srebnik remain in jail on charges stemming from the Sept. 21 incident.

A GoFundMe has been set up for funeral and memorial expenses for Bills. If you would like to donate, click here for the GoFundMe page.

People are asked to call in tips regarding the two cases to the Michigan State Police Alpena Post at 989-354-4101.