Michigan State Police investigating after body found inside abandoned juvenile facility

Kayla Sedoskey
Posted at 12:50 PM, Mar 03, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-03 20:43:03-05

FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Michigan State Police are currently investigating the death of a woman in Frenchtown Township.

Police say they were called to the abandoned Boysville Juvenile Detention Center today on a report of a possible person deceased inside.

Upon arrival, police say they found a woman on the floor inside the building. First responders reportedly declared her dead at the scene.

The woman has been identified as Monroe City resident Kayla Sedoskey.

"I just hope they find whoever did this. I really do," said Barbie Watson, who told 7 Action News that she is the biological mother of 23-year-old Kayla.

Barbie said some young people exploring the decaying building found Kayla's body under a tarp.

"We are beyond distraught," said Paullette Pashenee, who adopted Kayla as a young child. "Kayla was a good girl and we love her."

And while Kayla was adopted, she and her biological mother remained in each other's lives.

Barbie said, at times, Kayla stayed with her but she also liked being with friends.

"She was always in and out of the house. I couldn't keep a leash on her. She's grown so I basically let her do what she wanted to do."

Barbie said she has no doubt that her daughter was murdered. She said Kayla was being harassed by an ex-boyfriend.

"He was still all over Facebook, making posts and comments about how she was dead (to him) and how she was a waste of life. She didn't need to be on this earth. I have a screenshot of that message," she said, adding that she shared details of the harassment with investigators.

The cause of death is under investigation.

Michigan State Police said it's too soon to tell if Kayla is the victim of a homicide, but they are urging anyone who may have information about her death to call Sgt. Michael Peterson at the Michigan State Police Monroe Post. The tip line is: 1-855-642-4847. The post is: 734-242-3500.