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Burned Body Of Professional Poker Player Found In Michigan Park

A generic photo of poker chips at The World Series of Poker.

LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 07: Jamie Gold of California organizes his chips while competing in the World Series of Poker no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event at the Rio Hotel & Casino August 7, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gold finished the day in first place with 13 million in chips. The main event, which began with more than 8,700 players on July 28, was narrowed to 27 players today. The last nine players will compete for the top prize of $12 million on the final table, which begins August 10. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The burned body of a professional poker player has reportedly been found in a Michigan park, according to the authorities.

Susie Zhao, 33, has been found dead by authorities. Her burned body was discovered in a state park in Michigan.

The professional poker player lived in Los Angeles, but recently came to Oakland County, Michigan, where her mother and stepfather live. She had reportedly been there since early June, according to WXYZ in Detroit.

Zhao's death is under investigation.


The body was discovered at a parking area near the Pontiac Lake Trail the morning of July 13, according to White Lake Township Police Department.

The news release classifies the incident as a homicide. Detective Lieutenant Christopher Hild told WXYZ that the case could be connected to Zhao's travels in the poker circuit around the country, or could be the result of meeting someone in the area when she returned recently.

Zhao was a frequent competitor at the World Series of Poker. She was reportedly known as a "free spirit."

Local police and the FBI are investigating the death, which is being classified as a homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the White Lake Township Police Department.