“Our thoughts and our prayers are with the family that lost Heather,” says Lt. John Grimshaw, Post Commander of Michigan State Police.
A woman missing for days. Now state police believe they found her body in a wooded area in Presque Isle County.
It’s a story Northern Michigan’s News Leader has been following since Heather Young was reported missing.
Today, state police say they have the man who murdered her.
The last time anyone saw Heather Young was July 30th at a bar in Onaway.
State police believe they found her body in a wooded area near Millersburg in Presque Isle County.
Young is originally from Marshall, but has been staying in Onaway for the last few weeks looking for work.
Troopers found her car abandoned in a parking lot near the bar 4 days after she disappeared.
Heather’s family downstate called police who then contacted troopers in Northern Michigan to check up on her.
Now, with a suspect behind bars, police and family hope to soon have answers in Young’s disappearance.
Northern Michigan’s News Leader’s Blayke Roznowski was live in Rogers City with the latest on the investigation.
Michigan State Police arrested a man yesterday.
Right now he’s at the Presque Isle County Jail waiting to be formally charged with several crimes, including 1st degree murder.
Witnesses told troopers that man was with Heather Young the last time they saw her alive.
“It can happen anywhere. It really doesn’t matter where you live. Crime happens up here it just…I think the nature of people being people,” says Lt. John Grimshaw, Post Commander of Michigan State Police.
Anywhere, even in the small town of Onaway, and the even smaller town of Millersburg.
Troopers say evidence led them there in this crime: to an 80 acre property on Rainy Lake Road.
They believe that’s where the man may have murdered Young.
“The detectives were able to interview numerous witnesses who had seen these two people together in the bar in Onaway, and that is where part of the focus of the investigation started,” says Lt. John Grimshaw.
That was on July 30th, the last time police say anyone saw Young alive.
Young had gotten into a fight with her boyfriend earlier that day.
That’s why they initially believed she may have taken off on her own.
“At that time with the investigation and the video evidence that we found, we did not have any reason at that time to believe that foul play was involved,” says Lt. John Grimshaw.
But when Heather’s car turned up in what investigators called an “awkward” place not far from the bar, the case became suspicious.
“Once they focused in a direction on a particular suspect, all the pieces came together rather quickly,” says Lt. John Grimshaw.
Police spent most of Tuesday searching, and say they found Heather Young’s remains in a wooded area.
The investigation continues, and police say they’re looking to the public for any information.
“We would love to have them call if they’ve seen anything, know anything, had any contact, please give us a call,” says Lt. John Grimshaw.
Young’s body was sent to Grand Rapids to confirm the cause of death.
The suspect will likely be arraigned tomorrow.
Heather’s family created a gofundme page. To help them with donations,
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