A suspect who was taken into custody last week in connection with the murder of Detroit synagogue leader Samantha Woll was reportedly released 72 hours later. The man was arrested last Tuesday, November 7, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was freed without being charged.
Sources close to the Detroit Free Press claimed that the man was close to Woll and even attended her funeral. Last month, Samantha, 40, was found fatally stabbed outside of her home.
Police refused to name the suspect after his arrest, stating that more information would be disclosed at the appropriate time. “While this is an encouraging development in our desire to bring closure for Ms. Woll’s family, it does not represent the conclusion of our work in this case,” Detroit Police Chief James White said in a statement.
Samantha was discovered stabbed to death outside of her home in the city’s Lafayette Park neighborhood on October 21. Police believe she may have been stabbed inside the house and stumbled outside. She was the president of the Isaac Agree Downtown Detroit Synagogue and had previously worked for Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin and Attorney General Dana Nessel's re-election campaign.
James previously mentioned that no evidence suggested the murder was a hate crime and that they believed the suspect acted alone. Investigators revealed they were close to identifying the suspect but fell short of doing so at the time.
Further updates on the investigation into Samantha Woll's murder are expected in the coming days, as authorities work to bring justice to her grieving family.