Man arrested in 2014 murder of Kzoo man

Mug shot of Timothy Salo.

KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man has been arrested for the murder of a Kalamazoo man last year, according to police.

Timothy Salo, 29, is expected to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon on several charges in connection to the death of Jason VanOstran including open murder, felon in possession of a firearm, and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Jason VanOstran (Family photo courtesy)
Jason VanOstran (Family photo courtesy)

A judge issued an arrest warrant Monday on those charges. Salo was arrested the same day in Lansing by a Michigan State Police fugitive team and is currently being held in the Kalamazoo County Jail, according to the Township of Kalamazoo Police Department.

VanOstran, 29, was found dead inside a Kalamazoo Township mobile home on April 17, 2014. Family members said he had been shot in the head. Salo was married to VanOstran’s sister, but they have since separated, VanOstran’s mother told 24 Hour News 8 in April.

Kalamazoo Township Police Chief Tim Bourgeois said police believe Salo has been out of the Kalamazoo area since the murder last year.

Bourgeois said authorities had been wanting to do an interview with Salo since he indicated he was in the mobile home when VanOstran died, but he declined to do it. Police never went so far as to call him a suspect at the time of the murder.

“In that case we do our forensic work, we do a follow up investigation. Dozens and dozens of people interviewed in this case and it’s just a long, slow process to collect all of that information,” said Kalamazoo Township Police Chief Tim Bourgeois. “We consult with the prosecutor’s office and we arrived at a place where the prosecutor authorized charges.”

Salo is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in the 8th District Court in Kalamazoo County.

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