Updated: March 30, 2022:
Zion Foster’s cousin sentenced to jail for lying to cops after throwing dead teen in dumpster
It’s been nearly four months since an Eastpointe teen went missing. Zion Foster’s cousin is headed to prison for lying to police about her disappearance and death. Zion’s body still hasn’t been found.
Jaylin Brazier was sentenced Wednesday in a Macomb county courtroom for lying to Eastpoint Police about the investigation of what happened to Foster, missing since January 5th. The judge went above sentencing guidelines and sentenced Brazier to 23 months to 4 years in prison.
“I can’t even explain it,, what happened. I can just tell you my honest reaction,” Jaylin Brazier claimed in court. “One minute she was cool, she was fine. She laid back for a minute and the next thing I knew she was just dead. I don’t know what caused it, I did not cause it.”
Brazier admitted he found Zion dead, but he’s not charged with her murder. Instead, Braizer admits he threw the dead body in a dumpster.
“I reacted stupidly off of fear and panic like I’ve never felt before in my life,” he said.
Zion’s mother, Sierra Milton, spoke in court and said she did not believe Brauzer at all.
“It wasn’t too long ago that I saw you and even knowing that my baby had been in contact with him, I kept going to his house. I just wanted him to tell me the truth,” said Milton.
“Facebook, everything … and it hit me at once so I had to just take time to get my thoughts together because I was in panic mode ever since that happened,” Brazier said.
But the judge laid down the truth.
“I cannot believe what this family has been through,” said Judge Edward Servitto. “That is before this court.”
Foster, 17, left her mother’s Eastpointe home to hang out with Brazier, 17, on Detroit’s west side. However, Foster never returned home.
Brazier will get credit for the 66 days and he’s already been in jail. . However, if the body shows up and more evidence is found, he could be recharged with murder.
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Zion Foster, 17
Last seen January 4, 2022
17-year-old Zion Foster was last seen Jan. 4 at her home in the 22000 block of Melrose Court in Eastpointe, Michigan.
Zion is described as 5-foot-2 and 120 pounds. She is African-American, has shoulder-length blonde hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a Detroit Wing Company uniform when she was last seen.
According to police, the family of Zion believes she is being held against her will and could possibly be a sex trafficking victim in another state.
Zion’s mother, Ciera Milton, said her 17-year-old daughter sent her a five-word text message at 12:59 a.m. Wednesday: “I’m on my way home.”
Milton said that was the last time she heard from her daughter.
“She came home from work and then left the house again,” Milton said of her daughter, an Eastpointe High School student. “She was still in her Detroit Wing Company uniform.”
Milton said her daughter’s iPhone has been shut off. The account was part of a family plan, which enabled Milton to track its location.
“If you disable (the tracking feature), we get a notice, but they didn’t turn that off — her phone was turned off,” said Milton.
Eastpointe Police Lt. Robert Koenigsmann said investigators have looked into several leads — “but they’ve all been dead ends so far,” he said. “We went to a couple addresses the family gave to us as possible places she could’ve gone, but they turned out to be vacant houses. We’re still trying to follow up on all the leads.”
Detroit police also have helped with the investigation, Koenigsmann added.
Koenigsmann said his department is juggling numerous missing person cases.
“I don’t know why there are so many cases lately, but it’s been really busy,” he said. “We’re doing all we can with the resources we have.”
Anyone with information about Zion’s whereabouts is asked to call Eastpointe police at (586) 445-5100.