Killing appears to have taken place in middle-class Detroit suburb.
ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. — A 59-year-old Michigan woman, granted guardianship of her adult son last year, was arraigned Monday in his slaying and dismemberment.
Donna Kay Scrivo of St. Clair Shores, Mich., was ordered held on $100,000 bond, accused of killing her 32-year-old son, Ramsay Scrivo, cutting him up and scattering his body parts Thursday afternoon in four spots along snowy rural roads in St. Clair County about 50 miles northeast of Detroit.
The charges were disinterment and mutilation of a body.
She had filed a missing persons report Jan. 27, saying he had not been seen for about a day in their suburban enclave about 15 miles northeast of Detroit.
May 10, on the day her son turned 32, Donna Scrivo had dedicated a Rascal Flatts song on her public Facebook page to her youngest son that said she hoped all his dreams came true.
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to. ... And while you're out there getting where you're getting to, I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too.
She was arrested Friday after police found surveillance video from a gas station in the area showing a woman and her older sport utility vehicle, an SUV that a witness described to police when calling to report heavy-set, middle-aged white woman dumping garbage out of her mid-1990s SUV.
The FBI matched fingerprints from the remains to the suspect's son.
"It just seems so out of character," said Thomas Odren, who lives next door to Donna Scrivo. "That's what makes this so hard to process. She had such a good relationship with Ramsay. I would never expect anyone to (dismember their child).
Donna Scrivo had been staying with her son while work was done on her home, police said Sunday and the death appears to have occurred there. Online records show that Donna Scrivo was booked Sunday into Macomb County Jail on an open murder charge.
Court records Monday shed new light into the life of of Ramsay Scrivo, who struggled with mental illness and was reeling from the death of his father last year. But they say little about the days leading up to his death.
Ramsay Scrivo, on probation for assault, refused to take his medications and had paranoia and depression, records show. His anger "had escalated to unsafe levels and (he) has threatened to commit suicide."
His father was ill and died in May, and that illness "had a drastic impact on him," the file said. A doctor had diagnosed him as psychotic, paranoid, delusional and suicidal.
Donna Scrivo, who turns 60 Tuesday, believed her son had gotten into multiple fights because of poor judgment and indicated that police had been involved at least once. She said her son once had threatened a family friend, whom he thought had poisoned him, court records show.
On May 16, six days after she posted the birthday wishes for her son on Facebook, Donna Scrivo filed a mentally ill petition for hospitalization for Ramsay Scrivo in Macomb County Circuit Court. The petition was deferred after Ramsay Scrivo agreed to hospitalization.
"He took it really hard," Odren said about Ramsay Scrivo and his father's death. "(Donna Scrivo) did, too."
His mother, a registered nurse, was granted guardianship of her son in May.
In a June report, Ramsay Scrivo indicated he planned to petition the court to terminate the guardianship in six months and planned to cooperate with treatment, including medication, and follow his mother's rules.
Ramsay Scrivo, who had a degree in accounting, briefly worked as an accountant but resigned after a supervisor criticized his work. He graduated from high school in 1999, received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Wayne State University and recently worked at Allstate Insurance in Roseville, Mich., according to neighbors and his public Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
According to court records, Ramsay Scrivo went into building construction trades after he left the accounting job and just before his hospitalization started a lawn maintenance business.
The report also says Ramsay Scrivo — who admitted he once did not take medication for his anxiety because he didn't think he needed it — was taking his prescriptions at that time, felt calmer and recognized he needed the medicine.
But in September, after he said he thought someone had implanted a speaker in his tooth and removed a crown to take out the speaker, another petition for hospitalization was filed in probate court. Doctors diagnosed Ramsay with psychosis and said he was paranoid. The petition was dismissed when he was discharged from the hospital, according to court records.
Ramsay Scrivo bought a condo in St. Clair Shores and started multiple renovation projects, which he hadn't completed, according to a court report. He paid for half of his living expenses, his parents had paid for the other half, and for years he had given his mother money so she could pay his bills.
In the investigation, one limb from Ramsay Scrivo remains missing, said Sgt. Jay Cohoe of St. Clair Shores police, and authorities continue to look for evidence in the case at the victim's home. They found a fifth bag containing clothes and other items early Friday along an entrance ramp to westbound Interstate 94.
Sunday, two candles sat on the porch in front of Ramsay Scrivo's home. A U.S. flag flew over the unit's red front door. Neighbors there declined to talk.
Contributing: Gina Damron, Detroit Free Press