Family: Suspect is victim’s half brother

LEFT: Malcolm Dotson RIGHT: Damon Sheldon (Courtesy Facebook)

TROWBRIDGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Allegan County Sheriff’s Office say they have found a body of a man buried behind a home near Allegan and a relative of the victim has been arrested.

The body of the 37-year-old Damon Francis Sheldon was found buried behind the home in the 1100 block of 26th Street, just off of M-89 near Allegan, Friday.

Allegan County Sheriff's authorities investigate a suspicious missing person case near Allegan. (April 10, 2015)
Allegan County Sheriff’s authorities investigate a suspicious missing person case near Allegan. (April 10, 2015)

Family members tell 24 Hour News 8 the suspect is the victim’s half brother and goes by “Max.”

Michigan State Police Records online identify the suspect as 25-year-old Malcolm P. Dotson. Dotson was arrested on one count of felony homicide and another count of felony burglary.

The property has several residences on it: a home, a mobile home and a large garage.

Police said it was just before 1:30 p.m. when the mother of the victim showed up at the mobile home to check on her son. When inside the home, she found evidence of a struggle and called police.

“She found signs of a struggle that being a significant amount of blood on a couch inside the residence. The person she went to check on was her son,” said Cpt. Mike Larsen with the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department.

Police said they started to search the other buildings on the property and found a 25-year-old man sleeping in a house next to the mobile home.

Police said they took the man into custody and started to question him about what had happened.

“While deputies continued to search the scene they did find evidence of a recent dig where there had been some earth moved on the property,” said Larsen.

Authorities secured search warrants and started to dig.

“In searching that area a 37-year-old white male was found deceased,” said Larsen.

Neighbors said police have been to the property several times in the last few months.

“Cops were here a few times here and there over the last six months or year,” said Robert Mosley who lives just a few houses down.

Mosley said he could tell something was different this time because of the number of police he saw. He said news of the murder just doesn’t make sense.

“He was a really nice guy. He wouldn’t harm nobody. Really surprising, he liked to talk. He seemed to get along with everybody really good. He came down to my house a few times and had coffee and stuff. Really nice guy, I don’t see why anyone would want to hurt him,” said Mosley.

Police said the struggle happened several hours before the mom showed up and called police.

Authorities are not saying how Sheldon was killed.

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