Prosecutor: Man dead, woman hurt near Sand Lake

Police on the scene of a residence on 128th Avenue in Ensley Township. (May 13, 2015)


ENSLEY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man’s body and a wounded woman were discovered at a home near Sand Lake on Wednesday, authorities said.

Police on the scene of a residence on 128th Avenue in Ensley Township. (May 13, 2015)The victims were found at a home in the 9000 block of 128th Street near Balsam Avenue in Ensley Township.

Newaygo County Prosecutor Robert Springstead said that a man was killed and a woman hurt. The woman was taken to a Grand Rapids hospital. Her condition was unknown Wednesday night.

The victims’ names were not being released Wednesday night as authorities worked to notify family members.

Springstead would not provide information about what caused the death or injuries, but family members earlier told 24 Hour News 8 that both people were stabbed. They also said the people involved were husband and wife.

A neighbor told 24 Hour News 8 the victims were discovered around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after crews responded to a garage fire two houses away and a concerned neighbor asked firefighters to check on the couple.

Michigan State Police were called to the scene around 5 p.m.

A mobile MSP Crime Lab arrived at the scene not long before 10 p.m. Springstead said authorities had obtained a search warrant for the property and would start a “more detailed analysis of the scene.”

Springstead provided few details when speaking to reporters around 10 p.m. He answered questions about whether there were signs of a break-in or struggle, or whether the death was a homicide simply by saying it was “too early to tell.”

“We’re still in the early processes of finding out what happened,” Springstead said.

He would not say whether a suspect had been identified, but did say authorities “don’t believe that the neighbors are in danger at this point.”

Neighbors said the last time anyone saw either of the victims was around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, when the man was mowing his lawn.

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