Husband, wife found dead in home were beaten

Kent County

BOWNE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities have determined a married couple found dead in their Kent County home were the victims of a homicide.

On Tuesday, 62-year-old Patty Syrek and 66-year-old Theodore Syrek were found dead at their home in the 9000 block of Jordan River Drive SE in Bowne Township, east of Caledonia. Authorities went to the residence after a family member asked if deputies could check on the couple’s well-being.

An autopsy determined both of the Syreks died from “blunt cranial cerebral trauma,” meaning they were hit in the head. The medical examiner determined the couple was assaulted by another individual. It’s unclear what was used to beat them.

Undersheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young said investigators found the Syreks dead in their bedroom. The investigation has yet to determine if the attack was perpetrated by a stranger or someone they knew. It’s also unclear how long they’ve been dead.

The couple had lived in the quiet county neighborhood for 40 years. Investigators said there are no obvious signs of forced entry to their home and it’s not yet known if anything was stolen. Investigators were back at the property Wednesday, combing it for clues.

“They’ll interview every single neighbor and they’ll talk in detail to what looked out of place, what might they have seen, what might they know — same thing with family members — and try to piece together if there is a party that would be known to this couple that may be responsible or if there is somebody that maybe would have been viewed in that neighborhood,” the undersheriff said.

The only thing out of the ordinary that neighbors noticed was one of the couple’s cars parked on the road instead of in the driveway.

“I just figured they had friends over,” neighbor Zach Austin said. “I didn’t feel concerned until cops came knocking on my door yesterday.”

Austin said it’s hard to believe that someone would want to harm the couple.

“To me they were just super nice people,” he explained. “They’ve helped me out with projects around the house. I cannot imagine somebody being crossed enough by them to beat them to death. That is just terrible.”

The neighborhood is filled with families and retirees. It’s located off of a private drive with only one way in and out.

“I can’t imagine somebody stumbling upon my neighborhood. You’re more likely to drive by my street,” Austin said.

No arrests had been made Wednesday. In a post on Facebook, Silent Observer says it’s offering a reward of up to $2,500 for a tip that leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible for “this very tragic case.”

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Kent County Sheriff Department at 616.632.6125 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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