Ex-con from Muskegon Co. a suspect in deadly fire

A 2011 mug shot of Gregory Rose. (Michigan Department of Corrections)

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a woman found dead following a Michigan house fire and say they’re awaiting the return of a suspect in her death from Minnesota.

The Saginaw News reports 67-year-old Connie Eileen Pajunen of Shepherd was found dead Friday in Midland County’s Greendale Township.

Authorities say Gregory Rose was arrested Monday in Carleton County, Minnesota, after a high-speed chase. He was traveling in a vehicle stolen from the Army Corps of Engineers.

Prosecutor J. Dee Brooks says he charged Rose with home invasion and other crimes related to an incident Thursday in Midland County’s Geneva Township.

The 46-year-old is a suspect in the fire. He was released from prison in 2014 after serving 30 years for criminal sexual conduct and other crimes in Muskegon County.

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