Family seeks justice in Muskegon father’s homicide

Body of 24-year-old D'Anthony Keenan found Saturday evening east of Fremont

D'Anthony Keenan
An undated courtesy photo of D'Anthony Keenan, provided by loved ones.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — The family of a Muskegon man found dead east of Fremont over the weekend is grieving the loss of the young father.

D’Anthony Keenan, 24, was found dead in dense woods along Crystal Lake Trail between West 20th Street and 28th Street in Newaygo County’s Sherman Township. Investigators have not released information about how he died, only saying that his death was being treated as a homicide.

“His phone wasn’t ringing. It was just a lot of things that wasn’t like him,” Keenan’s sister Nakeyda Haymer told 24 Hour News 8, describing the time her brother was missing.

The worst possible outcome came Saturday evening: Keenan’s body was found shortly after 6 p.m. The family was notified Monday.

“He just didn’t deserve that, you know,” Haymer said. “You really never know how bad it is out here until it comes down your street, until it’s your family, until they’re coming to talk to you.”

Keenan’s family says he had no connections to the Newaygo area and they don’t think he traveled there on his own.

Initially, Keenan’s SUV was missing, but shortly after putting out a request for the public’s help to find it, officers located it. They processed it where it was found in a paring lot on South Maple Island Road south of 48th Street near Fremont before towing it away as evidence.

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A Michigan State Police crime lab vehicle sits near the SUV believed to belong to D’Anthony Keenan. (Aug. 7, 2017)

Keenan leaves behind two young children, the oldest a 1-year-old son.

Newaygo County authorities declined to discuss details of the case Monday but said detectives were working diligently to get to the bottom of what happened.

Investigators are seeking tips from anyone with information about what happened. They specifically requested anyone with trail cameras that might have captured something along Crystal Lake Trail between Friday afternoon and Saturday evening to call the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office at 231.689.5288 or Silent Observer at 231.652.1121.

Keenan’s sister seemed confident and hopeful that the case would be solved and that those with information about what happened would speak up.

“Muskegon, it’s small,” Haymer said. “Nothing’s really quiet.”