Suspect Arrested In Connection to Kalkaska Co. Suspicious Death, Family Speaks Out

UPDATE: The Kalkaska County Sheriff’s Office tells us they’ve arrested a suspect.

The man is 36-years-old and from Wisconsin.

Police also say they believe drugs were involved in the death of Brodrick Ward.


Developing news out of Kalkaska County where a man was found dead inside a home, the family speaking to 9&10 News.

Now, the county sheriff’s office is calling his death suspicious.

We started working on this story Tuesday night and have been working to bring you the latest.

The sheriff’s office received a call from family members around 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

They found Brodrick Ward’s body inside a home on Gonyer road in Springfield Township.

The family tells us that Brodrick Ward came up here to go fishing with some friends last Thursday, but when he didn’t come back and didn’t answer his phone, they knew something wasn’t right.

“I’ve called hospitals, local police stations and no one knew,” said Pre’Andre Ward, Brodrick’s nephew. “They just didn’t have him so I figured something was wrong.”

The family tells us that they got to the house Tuesday and when no one came to the door, they went to the back of the house and saw the window open.

“You couldn’t see the rest of the room so the wind was blowing and it blew up and I seen a pair of shoes and I just knew it was my uncle because the shoes he had on are the shoes that I bought him,” said Pre’Andre.

The sheriff’s office cannot release many details right now, but they can tell us that they are looking for two people of interest; and learning more about the scene.

“From what we can determine, it’s owned by another gentlemen and rented out to the two persons of interest we’re trying to locate,” said Kalkaska County’s Undersheriff Shipp.

Because this did happen in the same area as Forest Area Schools, Undersheriff Shipp has let them know that there is no risk.

“It’s an investigation that we’re going to continue to do but I want the word out that there’s no risk to the public at this time,” said Undersheriff Shipp.

Undersheriff Shipp tells us they are working together with the Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office to find the two people of interest.

But with so many questions left unanswered, neighbors are still worried.

“I’m not sure exactly what happened but it is pretty scary, I mean to have somebody die right there and you don’t know what happened,” said neighbor Mary Hill. “You don’t know if he was shot or whatever, it’s just scary being close to home.”

State police tell us an arrest has been made and they will be holding a press conference 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

We will bring you more on this case on 9&10 News at 11.