BELDING, Mich. (WOOD) - Some children found a dead body behind an apartment building in Belding Friday evening.
The body was found on a walking trail near Jacklyn Apartments on Kenwood Avenue. Belding police have identified the body as 31-year-old Jonathan Bodman of Belding.
Some children playing in the area found Bodman's body. Rylie McGraw was one of them.
"I thought it was just this big joke, so I ran in there to see if it was real or not," she said. "We could see him and he's dead. We keep yelling at him -- we didn't know -- so we were like, 'Are you OK? Please get up.'"
She got all of the other children out of the woods and tried to call 911 on her cellphone, but couldn't get a signal. So she went back home and told her mother, who called 911.
Rylie's mother Susan Banks said she was proud her daughter called 911 right away.
Police on the scene would not give 24 Hour News 8 any information or specify whether the death was considered suspicious.
The medical examiner was called to the scene, but there were only a few officers there, which was smaller than expected if the death was suspicious.
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