Newaygo Co. Deputies, State Police Investigate Possible Homicide After Body, Missing SUV Discovered
"It’s scary to know something like that something like that happened, and that it’s that close."
A missing West Michigan man was found dead in the swampy trails of Newaygo County and what is believed to be his SUV was recovered dozens of miles away.
Investigators say it could be murder.
Newaygo County Sheriff’s deputies say they found the body in a remote area Saturday.
It began when they say the man was reported missing from Muskegon.
Family tell us his name is D’Anthony Keenan.
Deputies say the body was found in the Crystal Trails area of the county, east of Fremont, near 20 and 28 Streets.
9&10’s Cody Boyer checked in with the community following the discovery.
“The fact that it happened back there is kind of worrisome,” says Diana Lysakowski, who lives in Sherman Township.
The possible murder investigation began with a disturbing discovery by deputies in a region near Crystal Trails in Newaygo County with a body of a downstate man — no car, no clues.
“Kind of a little freaked out because it is so nice up here,” Lysakowski says. “You know, we don’t hear about it a lot."
Diana lives in the area where the body believed to be D’Anthony Keenan was discovered.
“I have my parents here. I take care of my dad,” Lysakowski says. “He has Alzheimer’s. I keep telling them everything is fine up here, so that’s a little worry now."
Deputies say Keenan’s 2007 white Chevy Tahoe was nowhere to be found — until Monday afternoon.
State Police found it in a carpool parking lot near Fremont — more than 20 miles away.
Back on Poplar Avenue, Diana says she remembers seeing a similar SUV the day before, idling nearby.
“There was two men in there,” Lysakowski says. “They just kind of made me think twice why they did that. I might make sure things are locked tonight. I’ll probably be more aware, might leave lights on a little bit more."
The sheriff declined to talk on-camera.
He did say per protocol the case will be investigated as a homicide until clues surface.
As for Diana, she hopes something will surface soon.
“The quietness. The peacefulness. To be able to come out in the middle of the night,” Lysakowski says. “I’m not fearful of bears. I would rather see a bear than a murder."
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