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Waterproofing organization, breakup at heart of homicide outdoors Ann Arbor-region fitness center


May 26, 2023

ANN ARBOR, MI — A waterproofing organization and a current breakup have been at the heart of a homicide in Washtenaw County earlier this year, according to records released by police.

Michael Anthony Elinski, 59, was discovered dead Friday, Jan. 20, the day following police stated he shot his former girlfriend. Records obtained by the MLive/The Ann Arbor News from the Pittsfield Township Police Division by means of a Freedom of Data Act request reveal a waterproofing organization, a breakup and mental wellness struggles have been aspects in the fatal shooting.

Andrea Grant, 50, of Plymouth, was discovered dead in her automobile outdoors Thrive Coaching Facility physical instruction center in the 3700 block of Plaza Drive on Thursday, Jan. 19. Grant had been shot eight instances, according to a health-related examiner’s report — twice in the neck and head and six instances in the physique.

Michael Elinski, Grant’s former boyfriend, was promptly identified by police as the suspect.

“I’m not right here to defend him in any way, shape or type,” Kyle Elinski, Michael Elinski’s son, told MLive/The Ann Arbor News. His dad was a fantastic individual to a lot of individuals, but struggled with mental wellness troubles, he stated.

Other members of Michael Elinski’s household declined to comment. Loved ones members of Grant did not respond to requests for comment.

The partnership

Michael Elinski grew up in Detroit and graduated from Cody Higher College, according to Kyle Elinski. He served in the U.S. Army in the 1980s and launched his waterproofing business roughly 15 years ago. Kyle Elinski took more than the business in 2017.

Grant was most effective identified for how substantially she loved her two daughters, according to an obituary published by Schrader-Howell Funeral Household.

“Whether it was getting chosen as homecoming queen, earning a softball scholarship, getting a director of a ‘Fortune 100′ business, or receiving a new business up and off the ground — Andrea was a rockstar,” her obituary reads. “She was 1 of a sort that could juggle two laptops, 3 phones, a volleyball schedule, household functions, and exercise regimen all though producing time to preserve in touch with all she loved and supported.”

The pair met a number of years ago when Grant reached out to Michael Elinski’s business to get her basement waterproofed, according to the police report. The pair began dating shortly following and Grant quickly joined the business, the report states. She became the owner in 2021, according to LARA documents.

The pair had an outwardly content partnership, Kyle Elinski told police, but his father had increasingly struggled with mental wellness troubles. Michael Elinski had blocked household members he generally had a close partnership with from his cell telephone, and had been leaving “obsessive” voicemails and text messages for Grant, his son stated.

In spite of a declining mental wellness circumstance, Michael Elinski’s pals and household attempted to get him support, according to the police report.

Grant’s individual trainer at Thrive told police she had generally talked with Grant about her partnership, saying that Grant had stated she was worried about Elinksi’s emotional stability, according to the police report.

The breakup

Grant broke up with Michael Elinski in June 2022, according to a individual protection order she filed against him.

“(Michael Elinski) has constantly had an unpredictable and volatile character, but more than the final year and in particular in the final six months, points have spiraled out of manage,” Grant wrote in her request for the order.

In the request, she also cited prior physical abuse Elinksi perpetuated against former partners and how he harassed personnel, contractors, pals and household.

Grant, now the sole owner of the business, fired Michael Elinski roughly 5 weeks just before police stated he killed her, the police report states. Megan Elinski, Michael Elinski’s daughter, told police the firing was for the reason that of how “mean and disrespectful her father was,” investigators wrote in the report.

The day following police stated he shot Grant, Michael Elinksi was discovered dead in his automobile in Clare. His death was ruled a suicide, according to the police report. He was living in Brooklyn, Michigan, at the time.

Kyle Elinski stated he hopes Grant’s daughters are ultimately in a position to locate peace.

“(Grant) was attempting to support my dad all the way to the finish. She was in no way providing up on him she just wanted to give him support,” Kyle Elinski stated. “She did all that she could. She did so substantially for him. It is just unexplainable how substantially she attempted.”

He encouraged these who are struggling with mental wellness troubles to attain out.

“It’s OK to get support,” he stated. “It’s OK to speak to somebody and speak to somebody generally.”

Everyone experiencing thoughts of suicide can seek support from:

  • The 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988
  • The Ozone Residence, a 24-hour hotline for youth, at 734-662-2222.
  • The 24-hour hotline at University of Michigan Psychiatric Emergency Solutions at 734-936-5900.
  • The Washtenaw County Neighborhood Mental Well being crisis group at 734-544-3050.

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