Dearborn — Police say the victim of a mid-July homicide was a “vibrant and independent” 93-year-old woman who had a history of giving back to her community.

Maxine Callaghan

Maxine Callaghan enjoyed bird watching and taking walks around her neighborhood. She was still giving back, serving as a volunteer at The Henry Ford.

At about 7:30 p.m. on July 22, Callaghan’s body was discovered inside her home on the 21000 block of West Outer Drive, police announced Wednesday. 

The News reported Tuesday that a 40-year-old man, Chantry Rice, had been charged with a July 21 murder in Dearborn. On Wednesday, police connected Rice, a Dearborn man, to Callaghan’s death.

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Chantry Rice

While investigating Callaghan’s death, police learned that a number of jewelry items were stolen from the home, including pearls, earrings and necklaces. 

Rice was denied bond on a charge of felony murder at his arraignment last Friday. He’s due for a probable cause conference on Aug. 21 before Judge Mark Somers of Dearborn’s 19th District Court.