Homicide investigation after man’s death


BLOOMINGDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Van Buren County authorities are investigating the death of a man near Bloomingdale as a homicide.

Around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, emergency responders were called to the 14000 block of 45th Street near Great Bear Lake in Bloomingdale Township, according to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.

There, a 56-year-old resident was found slumped over and unresponsive by his son and a family friend when they arrived at the home. The 56-year-old was known to have heart problems and the son thought he may have had a heart attack. They called 911.

The friend performed CPR before the arrival of emergency responders.

“EMS arrived on scene just a few minutes after a call for service,” Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. David Walker said. “They began working the subject as well, but they could not bring the subject back. Further examination by EMS personnel discovered that it was most likely a homicide.”

The sheriff’s office did not provide details about why that determination was made.

“Right now, everything is very preliminary. We have a lot of work to do on it and we’re just reaching out to the public for any assistance they can provide to us,” Walker said.

The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of family.

It is known he ran a business in the building next to his home called Taylormade Custom Woodworking. His son worked with him. Neighbors said they didn’t know the father and son, saying they mostly kept to themselves.

Police said they did not get other calls of anything suspicious in the area before the 2:30 a.m. call to 911.

“It’s actually a very quiet area up in there; very safe area,” Walker said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at 269.657.3101 or Silent Observer at 866.774.2345. Tips can also be texted to the sheriff’s office at CRIMES (274637) with the keyword VBCTIP.

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