Traverse City Police Investigating ‘Violent Homicide’

We have continuing coverage on a body found near Boardman Lake Wednesday night.

Traverse City police are now calling this a homicide investigation.

9& 10 News was there Wednesday night as police worked the scene.

Traverse City police are calling this a violent homicide. 

They tell us the victim was a homeless man living in a tent near where he was found.

Police say the body was found on the east side of Boardman Lake near Woodmere Avenue and Centre Street.

Officers were quick to respond to the call late Wednesday afternoon. The police department is right across the street from this section of the Boardman Lake Trail.

It all started when a man and woman walking the trail discovered the body Wednesday when they went down to the water.

Police haven’t identified the victim yet, but they say he’s in his early 60s and is not from Traverse City.

Police expect to release the victim’s name Thursday afternoon and hope others will come forward with information.

Now the dive team is at the scene. Divers got in the water around 10 a.m. Thursday to search for more evidence.

“Specifically, we’d be looking for weapons or any other evidence that can help us figure out what happened. We did have the state police crime lab here until 1:30 in the morning and processed the scene and quite a bit of evidence was taken,” said Traverse City Police Captain Jim Bussell.

Investigators removed the victim’s tent and his belongings from the scene Thursday morning as a K-9 unit was also brought in to search the area.

The victim was found with what they’re calling multiple, violent injuries, but so far police have no suspects in this case.