Couple Accused of Murdering Elderly Man

An Oscoda County couple has been arrested for killing a man in 2012.

Carl and Rachel Bruce are accused of killing Rachel’s father, Herman Ritchey Junior.

The couple lived with the elderly man, and investigators say they failed to care for him.

In 2012, police found Ritchey in a secluded bedroom with large sores and scabs all over his body. They also say he was not properly fed at the time he died.

Ritchey was getting veteran and social security benefits, but investigators say that money wasn’t being used for his care. His last visit to the doctor was in March of 2011.

The Bruce’s are charged with murder, and two charges of vulnerable adult abuse.

Both have been denied bond due to the severity of the charges.