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Suspect identified in sexual assault, homicide may be in Lansing area

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Posted at 4:54 PM, Jun 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-06 16:54:12-04

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — The Michigan State Police (MSP) is investigating a sexual assault/homicide that occurred in Isabella County Sunday morning.

Just after 3 a.m., troopers and detectives from the Mount Pleasant State Police Post were called to a residence in South Isabella Road in Union Township.

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Authorities have gotten information on a potential suspect and are currently trying to find them.

That suspect is not believed to be an immediate danger to the public, according to an MSP spokesperson.

The suspect, in this case, has been identified as Isaiah Gary Gardenhire, also known as “Zeke”.

Gardenhire is a 40-year-old black man who stands at 6’1”, weighs 180 lbs, and has black hair and brown eyes, according to authorities.

Michigan State Police believe he may be in the Lansing area.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation.