A Wayne County
man is charged with killing his 75-year-old mother during an altercation, then burying her in the backyard of the home they shared on Bonnie Castle Road
in the Town of Huron
Dan Burkwit, 50, is also charged with harassing the neighbor who called 911 to report the death. According to court papers, police have seized his computers and say Burkwit made admissions to a fellow inmate.
“He said he felt bad for what he did to his mom,” says Thomas Walsh II in a five page statement to police. Walsh and Burkwit shared housing in C-pod at the Wayne County Jail.
Police say on October 21st Burkwit told a neighbor his 75-year-old mother had died suddenly. That neighbor called 911. Police responded to the house mother and son have shared for years.
“Dan Burkwit lead deputies to the body of his mother which he had placed in a wooden area one mine from the residence,” says Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts. He added the body was discovered “bound in a blanket and covered with leaves.”
Police say the death occurred during an altercation the day before, but would not elaborate. The statement from the jailhouse informant fills in the details.
“She was telling him he needed to do more around the house,” Walsh told police. “She grabbed onto Dan and he said he jerked away and caused her to go off balance.”
“It all happened so fast,” the statement continues. “He tried to do CPR and heard a crack.”