Traverse City Police: Man Faces Open Murder Charge for Death of Homeless Man

An 18 year old man is in the Grand Traverse County Jail accused of murdering a homeless man back in May.

With his arrest comes disturbing new details about James Chisholm’s murder.

Traverse City police started their investigation into the murder of Chisholm five weeks ago.

He was killed along Boardman Lake.

Now their only suspect has turned himself in.

Early this morning the teenager turned himself in to police at the county jail.

Police say they’ve been working with law enforcement in California and with the suspect’s attorney to arrange for his surrender.

Joshua Vandehoef appeared by video arraignment this morning on an open murder charge.

The family of James Chisholm was also in the courtroom to see the man police believe killed him.

His body was found by people walking along the Boardman Lake Trail on May 29th.

Police called it a violent murder, investigators believe it was Joshua Vandehoef who stabbed Chisholm in the neck.

New information from court documents show that Joshua Vandehoef admitted to someone on snapchat that he killed quote “a homeless guy.”

He went on to say that he walked home and cleaned the blood off himself and his clothes.