The Detroit synagogue president was fatally stabbed, and authorities have identified numerous people of interest, but they refused to discuss their associations with the victim during a press conference on Monday.
The body of Samantha Woll, 40, was discovered outside her home early on Saturday after a caller reported seeing a person laying on the ground. Police are aware that Woll, the leader of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, attended a wedding on Friday night and departed the event around 12:30 a.m., according to Detroit Police Chief James E. White.
Investigators think Woll was stabbed inside before stumbling out into the yard, and he claimed there was no evidence that someone had forced their way into her house.
“There are some persons who are interesting to us. He added that detectives “think a suspect “acted alone” and that they are “just short of labeling one of the people a suspect.” Woll’s killing “was motivated by antisemitism,” according to police, but White urged people not to jump to conclusions while the investigation is still ongoing and forensic evidence is being examined with help from the FBI.
White stated on Monday, “We believe that there are no other groups or anyone else at risk in regards to this specific incident.”
Without mentioning the specific facts that supported the decision, he claimed that police had reached that conclusion after considering “several factors.” He also refrained from commenting when asked about Woll’s wounds because he believed such information could be crucial in locating a murder suspect.
White stated, “We have to be very, very careful about what information we give. Woll was also involved in Michigan state politics for the Democrats, serving as a campaign assistant for the attorney general, Dana Nessel, and a former assistant to the party’s representative, Elissa Slotkin.