ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WOOD) - The death of a 25-year-old University of Michigan medical student from West Michigan is being investigated as a homicide, according to Ann Arbor police.
The victim is Paul DeWolf of Schoolcraft in Kalamazoo County, Ann Arbor police confirmed. He was a third-year medical student studying to become an orthopedic surgeon and an active duty second lieutenant in the Air Force.
Police responded around midday Wednesday to DeWolf's residence on N. Ingalls Street, about a block north of the university's central campus.
An associate was sent to check on DeWolf after he failed to show up for an assignment at the Veteran's Hospital in Ann Arbor, police said. The associate went to DeWolf's home, found him dead and called 911.
Sources tell WOOD TV8's Detroit affiliate WDIV that DeWolf was found in a pool of blood.
Police initially classified the death as suspicious, but decided after initial autopsy results came in from the Washtenaw County medical examiner to investigate it as a homicide. Police have not yet released a cause of death.
Investigators have met with DeWolf's family, they said.
DeWolf's Facebook page indicates he graduated from Grand Valley State University's pre-med program in 2010. While at GVSU, DeWolf was in the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. That is where Jason Halterman and Mike Patterson met him.
"Everyone's life, he made a positive impact on," Patterson told 24 Hour News 8.
DeWolf was known at GVSU as a volleyball player and runner with a big personality.
"I don't see how anyone could ever want to hurt Paul," Halterman said.
"What would drive someone to hurt someone like him this way? It just blows my mind," Patterson added.
Anyone with information about DeWolf's death is asked to call the Ann Arbor tip line at 734.794.6939 or Crime Stoppers at 1.800.SPEAK UP (773.2587).
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