Thursday, August 13, 2020

Wayne man killed, body abandoned near Belleville Lake

Michigan State Police are continuing to investigate the death of a Wayne man following the discovery of his body in Van Buren Township last Sunday.
According to police, the 48-year-old Wayne man was killed at a home on the 4400 block of John Hix Road in Wayne and his body then placed in the bed of a pickup truck and driven to the area of Belleville Road and Quirk Road in Van Buren Township. Troopers were called to the scene at about 10 when the body was discovered by a passerby who noticed the truck stuck in the mud early Sunday morning. Van Buren Police notified Michigan State Police at about 10:15 a.m. Van Buren officers determined that the death had taken place at another location.

Michigan State Police took a suspect into custody later Sunday following evidence gathered at the Wayne home. Police would not say how the victim and the suspect knew one another or if they were family members. Police indicated that an initial investigation appeared to indicate that the suspect was attempting to dispose of the victim's body by dumping the truck into Belleville Lake but abandoned the vehicle, with the body, when the truck got stuck in the mud.
Police did say they believe the death was domestic in nature.
No further information was available at press time and the names of the victim and suspect were being withheld awaiting charges and arraignment.
Investigators are still seeking information about the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Michigan State Police Metro South Post at (734) 287-5000.