Isabella Co. Rape, Murder Suspect Turns Himself In After Manhunt

The search is over for the man accused of raping a woman before stabbing and killing a 13-year-old girl in Isabella County.

The suspect, Isaiah Gary “Zeke” Gardenhire, turned himself into police in Flint Township late Monday night.

State Police say Gardenhire knew the victims and this was not a random attack.

The rape and murder were first reported early Sunday morning. Police also say he also stole a black Ford Fusion.

The manhunt for Gardenhire lasted for two days, with residents in the area asked to lock their doors and be on the lookout.

Gardenhire has an extensive criminal background including previous assaults, home invasion and felony gun charges.

He was released from prison this last fall.