ORANGEVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Human remains have been discovered in some woods in near the rural Barry County community of Orangeville.
On Thursday afternoon, crime scene tape stretched across a drive off S. Enzian Road north of Pine Lake Road in Orangeville Township. That’s about 7 miles east of Martin.
A neighbor told News 8 the owner was walking on the property, spotted the remains and called authorities. Michigan State Police say that call came in between noon and 2 p.m.
MSP says it is working to identify the person and learn what caused the death.
MSP Detective 1st Lt. Chuck Christensen told News 8 that one of the first steps in identifying the body will be checking missing persons databases.
“We are exploring all avenues investigatively,” he said.
MSP Detective Sgt. Bryan Fuller, commander of the Wayland Post, said that a person was reported in the area early last month and had not been seen for a time before that. Authorities cannot yet confirm whether or not the remains are that of the missing person.