Kalamazoo police investigate death as suspicious

Kalamazoo, suspicious death, Blakeslee Street, Praire Avenue
Kalamazoo police on the scene of a suspicious death in the area of Blakeslee Street and Prairie Avenue. (Jan. 28, 2018)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Kalamazoo police are investigating a suspicious death after a body was found in a wooded area Sunday.

There is a police presence in the area of Blakeslee Street and Prairie Avenue in the city’s West Douglas neighborhood.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says the body was discovered by two people who were out walking. There are trails through the wooded area.

A source close to the investigation told 24 Hour News 8 that the body is that of a woman and does not appear to have been in the wooded area very long. Police officials did not comment on the condition of the body.

“Very scared. It’s extremely unnerving,” neighbor Carrie Stewart said of her reaction to the discovery.

She said the trails and adjacent neighborhood are generally very safe.

Police have not yet identified the body. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.