Susie Zhao, Professional Poker Player, Found Dead & Body "Badly Burned" In Michigan

Susie Zhao, Professional Poker Player, Found Dead & Body

Susie Zhao, Professional Poker Player, Found Dead & Body "Badly Burned" In Michigan

Her body was found burned in the Pontiac Lake recreation area on the morning of July 13.

White Lake Township Police released a statement on July 20, detailing the investigation into Zhao's death, describing the body as "badly burned" as part of a "mysterious death". Police are seeking more information from anyone who might have interacted with Zhao prior to her death.

Police are asking anyone who might have seen Zhao between July 11 and 13 to contact the White Lake Township Police Department.

Ms Zhao regularly played in poker tournaments in Los Angeles and Las Vegas winning as much as $73,000 (AU$104,000) in the 2012 World Series, but on June 9 she moved back to MI to live with her parents after reportedly having financial troubles.

Three hours after seeing her mother Susie Zhao's badly burned body was found in a MI parking lot.

Zhao's former roommate Yuval Bronshtein told WXYZ that she had recently returned to the MI area to deal with challenges in her personal life after bouncing between Los Angles and Las Vegas - but had no idea what could have led to the brutal death.

Close friends told local outlet WXYZ-TV she had returned home to "confront challenges in her personal life".

"(She) was a free spirit in the truest sense", said friend Meredith Rogowski. "Nobody ever remembers her fighting with anybody ever, no conflict, no drama".

Police said they are investigating a "coverup or some sort of retaliatory incident", but nothing is certain.

"She really was a excellent player", said Bart Hanson, a friend and poker rival.

Originally from Beijing, Zhao also played online and cash game poker, appearing on at least one 2017 Live at the Bike televised games under the name SusieQ...

"I never would have thought anyone would've wanted to do anything to her".

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