Traverse City News and Events

Lakeside Murder Under Investigation

By Patrick Sullivan | May 31, 2019

Traverse City Police are looking for whoever violently murdered a man who was apparently living in a tent next to Boardman Lake.

The man was killed just feet from the place where he had been living recently on the east shore of the lake in a one-person tent pitched between a hiking trail and the lake. The tent and the victim’s body were not visible from the trail.

Capt. Jim Bussell says the victim was in his early 60s and not from Traverse City. He would not say how the victim died, but characterized the crime as a “violent homicide.” An autopsy was performed Thursday.

A man and a woman who were hiking Wednesday afternoon veered off of the trail to reach the lake and discovered the body, which Bussell says was located approximately 15 yards from the lake and 10 yards from the trail.

“I…don’t have any reason to believe that that particular area is dangerous,” Bussell says. “But certainly, the person that did this is a dangerous person.”

Now, detectives are busy attempting to determine who that person is. By Thursday morning, officers and state police crime scene investigators had processed the scene and a dive team was in the lake looking for a murder weapon or other discarded evidence.

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