According to the White Lake Township Police Department, the corpse was discovered on the morning of July 13 near the Pontiac Lake Trail.
The news release classifies the incident as a homicide.
Detective Lt. Christopher Hild told WXYZ that the case may be related to Zhao’s visit to poker circuits around the country, or the result of meeting someone in the area when he recently returned.
According to WXYZ, Meredith Rogowski stated, “She was a free spirit in the most serious sense.” “She used to play by her rules. She followed her dreams. Absolutely brilliant.”
The FBI in Michigan is providing technical and other assistance to support the investigation at the request of White Lake Police.
“We will make any and all resources available to the WLPD as long as they are needed,” Special Agent Mara Schneider told CNN in Detroit with the FBI.
Police are asking anyone who may have seen Zhao to contact the White Lake Township Police Department between July 11 and 13.
The city of White Lake is about 40 miles northwest of Detroit.