Police ask for help locating SUV in fatal deputy crash

A still image from surveillance video of the suspected vehicle. (Courtesy MSP/Dec. 19, 2014)

MASON, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan State Police are asking for the public’s help to locate the vehicle an Ingham County sheriff’s deputy was chasing before he was killed in a crash.

Police are looking for a white 2003 GMC Denali with a Michigan licene plate of CPP 6978, although the plate may have been changed following the chase.

A file photo of Grant Whitaker taken while he was a Stockbridge police officer. (Courtesy WLNS out of Lansing.)
(A file photo of Grant Whitaker. Courtesy WLNS)

John C. Kelsey II, 34, of Stockbridge has been charged with first-degree fleeing/eluding causing death and operating a vehicle on a suspended license causing death. A preliminary hearing has been set for Dec. 23.

Deputy Grant Whitaker was chasing the SUV before the crash Dec. 7 near Stockbridge, about 40 miles southeast of Lansing, after the driver failed to stop. Police were never able to catch up with the SUV.

When police later located and arrested Kelsey, the vehicle was nowhere to be found. Police said he refused to tell them where it is since authorities need it for evidence.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the vehicle is asked to call the MSP tip line at 517.331.5634.

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