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Douglas Hill in court for probable cause hearing

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Posted at 11:26 AM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 11:27:10-04

LANSING, Mich. — Danielle Steiner and Aubrey Hall disappeared in June of 2018. Their remains were found July 1. Douglas Hill has been charged with their murder.

Douglas Hill, 55, of Lansing has been arraigned on two counts of open murder and two weapons charges. On Friday, August 2, he was in court in front of Judge Ward for a probable cause hearing.

He waived his right to have his preliminary exam within 21 days. It will be scheduled on September 20 at 9:30 AM.

The Lansing Police charged Hill will killing Danielle Steiner and her son Aubrey Hall in June of 2018. That's when they were last seen, though they weren't reported missing until August of that year.

The remains of the 34-year-old mom and her five-year-old son were found July 1, 2019 at a home on Loa Street in Lansing, next door to her last known address. Chief Yankowski said that Hill lived on the same block, but wouldn't say if he lived in the house where the remains were found, although neighbors Monday said Hill did live there.

'I seen him walking up and down the street. Going to the store and stuff, but I didn't know him personally," said Darlene Nicklosovich, a neighbor. "Finding the bones, that was really scary cause I know both the mother and son and they were sweet people. She worked hard to provide for her little boy."

Yankowski described Steiner and Hill as "acquaintances." Police aren't releasing the cause of death for now.

Chief Yankowski said tips from the community led them to Hill. They also worked with many law enforcement agencies across the country to get him into custody.

"I can tell you that the course of the investigation lead us to North Carolina because he was in North Carolina at that point in time, so we needed to talk to him," the chief said.

Hill was eventually arrested in Monroe County in Michigan on unrelated charges before being sent back to Lansing.

"I hope justice prevails and I really hope that if he was the one who did it that he gets what he deserves," said Art Phillips, another neighbor.

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