GRPD: Murder victim’s body found near Sparta

Kent County

SPARTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police say they have recovered the body of a man believed murdered.

The remains were found Tuesday about 20 feet off Ball Creek Road north of Indian Lakes Road, between Sparta and Kent City. Authorities say they went there after getting a tip.

Neighbors say police cleared the scene before 2 p.m.

GRPD said Monday that the body of the victim was dumped early Aug. 20 along M-37 in the northern part of the county. The spot it was ultimately found is very close to M-37.

Police have not released the victim’s name, saying only he was a Black man in his 60s. They also haven’t released the circumstances surrounding his death.

They also have a suspect in custody; his name hasn’t been released, either. GRPD said he is cooperating with their investigation, but wasn’t able to pinpoint where the body was left.

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