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Police arrest suspect in South Bend woman's murder

Daniel Lynn and Christina Woods // Photo provided

"I am making it loud and clear, I will see justice for my daughter. This is one determined mom that is not going to give up and I am not letting this go. I will see you in prison."

A grieving mother is getting her wish after police arrest the man wanted for her daughter's murder.

40-year-old Daniel Lynn was taken into custody today at a campground in Cass County, Michigan.

That wasn't the only arrest made.

Lynn's wife, 28-year-old Brooke Taylor, was also arrested at the camp site for harboring a fugitive.

They've both been booked into Cass County Jail.

Lynn is a murder suspect in the death of 28-year-old Christine Woods of South Bend.

Woods was reported missing in June. Her body was recovered earlier last week near Cook, Minnesota.

She was found in a shallow grave on property belonging to Lynn's family.

Police say they have the public to thank for Lynn's arrest.

They received a tip that led them to a camper on Juno Lake, where they believe he was hiding out to avoid capture.

"Anytime we can enlist help from the public when things like this occur and get someone like that off the streets it always beneficial,” said Detective Lt. Shane Criger, Michigan State Police. “Anytime we get a tip like that, that leads to an arrest, we really appreciate that and would just like to remind everybody to keep their eyes open."

Lynn was picked up by the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the Michigan State Police Fugitive Team. He will remain in the Cass County Jail until he can be extradited to Minnesota. That's where he faces second degree murder charges.

Woods' mother says she is shock by the news but relieved he is no longer on the loose. She knows there's a long road ahead, but she's committed to seeing it through to the end.

Mary Robinson called her daughter a victim of domestic abuse, and plans to help others.

“As far as I'm concerned, let justice take its course, let him get what he deserves, and I hope he gets the maximum,” said Robinson. “I hope he gets life in prison and he never sees a day of sunshine ever again."

Arrest

WSBT 22 spoke with one of the owners from the campground where Lynn was found. The owner was in disbelief when she heard what happened.

Everyone at the campground site we spoke with were shocked to hear Daniel Lynn was hiding at their campsite.

It was around 11:30 this morning when police captured Lynn at a camper in Owen's Landing. The camper belonged to his wife's mother, but neighboring campers haven't seen her for more than a year.

Owen's Landing owner Kathy Valentin was sleeping when she received a phone call.

“My girlfriend is camping over here and they called me up and they were real upset and there were like 30 sheriffs, police and all kinds of people down here,” she said.

Valentin rushed out of bed. She could not believe what was happening at her campground on Juno Lake.

“Thank God nothing else happened. Here is a murderer on our land! Thank God he didn't do anything else.”

Valentin believes he had been hiding there for about a month and says residents were getting curious.

The wife was seen bringing in many bags of groceries but nobody saw Lynn.

“We never saw him,” said Valentin. “Their lights were disconnected we found out and it's just crazy how this ended up like this.”


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