Police identify Powell hit-and-run victim

BIG BAY – Michigan State Police said they have identified a Powell Township woman whose body was found Tuesday morning after an apparent fatal hit-and-run accident and a potential suspect has been interviewed by police.

Troopers said Central Dispatch operators received a report at 5:20 a.m. Tuesday that a passing motorist had located the body of a woman on Marquette County Road KCB, known locally as Lighthouse Road. The location was approximately two miles east of Big Bay.

Police later identified the woman as 54-year-old Robin Rahoi of Big Bay.

Troopers said preliminary investigation indicated it appeared Rahoi had been walking along the road and was struck by a vehicle, which had left the scene.

Following leads, police made progress in the case Tuesday.

“A suspect vehicle is being processed at the crime lab and a possible suspect has been identified and was interviewed,” said Sgt. Eric Bannan at the state police post in Negaunee Township.

The Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office was expected to review details of the investigation.

An Eighth District state police accident reconstructionist was sent to the scene Tuesday, along with detectives and several troopers. Powell Township EMS, the Powell Township Fire Department and Marquette County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted at the scene.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His email address is jpepin@miningjournal.net.