Man arrested in connection with death of Waterford Twp. pro poker player – The Detroit News

Associated Press Published 9:18 a.m. ET Aug. 2, 2020 | Updated 12:30 p.m. ET Aug. 2, 2020

White Lake TownshipA 60-year-old Pontiac man has been arrested in connection with the death of a professional poker player from Waterford Township whose burned body was found last month at an Oakland County park, police said.

The man was taken into custody about 9 a.m. Friday after his vehicle was stopped near an area freeway, according to White Lake Township police.No charges have been filed and no other details were released.

Susie Zhao(Photo: White Lake Township Police Department)

Susie Zhao, 33, known to other players as Susie Q, had returned from Los Angeles to live with family in Oakland County.Although friends recall Zhao did not divulge some aspects of her life, they doubt she had enemies.

I dont think Im ever going to stop thinking about it. Its not something you can let go of, saidMichelle Lagrou, a friend since high school.

Zhaohad winnings of at least $187,441, according to the World Series of Poker website, including $73,805 at an event in 2012.

Her body was found July 13 at the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area in Oakland County., about 40 milesnorthwest of Detroit.

Relatives last saw her at their home around 5:30 p.m., said Detective Lt. Chris Hild of the White Lake Township Police Department.

Her body, clad in jogging pants and other clothing, was found about 8:05 a.m. the next day, lying in a parking area on Maceday Lake and Cross roads in White Lake Township, along the edge of the state Pontiac Lake Recreation Area, police reported.

A Michigan Department of Natural Resources stafferlast checked that area around 11:45 p.m. the night before, Hild said.

Hild has noted that her death could be related to her travels on the poker circuit.

We have to determine whether or not this is a cover-up or this may be some sort of retaliatory incident because of her profession, Hild said last week.

The Detroit News contributed.

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