NEAR STURGIS, Mich. (WOOD) - Friends of David Locey said they were shocked when they heard he was found dead inside his accounting firm in Sturgis Wednesday morning.
Police were called to Locey's office in the 67000 block of N. M-66 around 8 a.m. That’s where they found his body. He had been shot in the head.
Police said Locey was last seen at a nearby gas station around 7:15 a.m.
Wednesday night, police said they had a person of interest in the case in custody on unrelated charges.
Investigators said they don't believe Locey's death was random or accidental. There is a possibility that it was related to business matters.
Friends said everyone loved Locey.
"I had a note on my desk this morning that says, 'Give me a call in the morning' from last night. And I'm still looking at that little sticky note saying I need to call him, but I know I can't," said Cathi Abbs, one of Locey's close friends.
Locey loved a good prank, friend said. One April Fool's Day, he and a local DJ pulled one on Abbs.
"They put down that I had resigned from my job -- in fact, I was up in your area that I was going to take over for a roller derby company. Oh yes, I had a great April Fool's. That is probably one I'll remember forever," Abbs said.
At age 70, Locey was a hard worker both at his accounting firm and at the Christmas tree farm he and his wife ran.
"He gave away wreaths and trees to people that couldn't afford them. He did it on a regular basis without people knowing," Abbs said.
Locey served on the township board and was going to take over as the board president for the third time in the months to come.
He was a well-respected businessman, community leader, father, grandfather and friend that will be deeply missed by all.
Locey, a Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce board member, was remembered by his fellow board members Wednesday afternoon.
"The chamber has lost a great board member, but Sturgis has lost a great family man, great friend and great supporter of this community," the board posted on its Facebook page. "We will miss you Dave more than you could have known. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and with his Locey CPA family. *Our Facebook page and other social media channels will be silent for the rest of this week."
"My life has been blessed by being a friend and a co-worker and just known him. I have been blessed," Abbs said.
Marissa Barry, the 16-year-old Portage girl who went missing Thursday afternoon, has been found, police say.
It was a crazy scene during an attempted robbery inside a Family Fare in Ottawa County early Friday.
A 35-year-old man has been arrested and charged with shooting and killing a man at a party on Portage Road in late November.