BOWNE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Kent County detectives are investigating the suspicious deaths of a couple east of Caledonia.
Authorities confirmed the husband and wife were Theodore Syrek, who went by Ted, and his wife Patty. Both were in their 60s.
Around 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Syreks’ child asked deputies to check on them at their home in the 900 block of Jordan River Drive SE — that’s in the area of 100th Street and Morse Lake Avenue in Bowne Township.
Kent County Undersheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young said investigators found the pair dead inside the house.
It’s unclear what led to their deaths.
LaJoye-Young said she could not comment on whether there was any forced entry at the home or if anything had been stolen.
“That part of the investigation isn’t complete,” she said.
Neighbors told 24 Hour News 8 the couple had lived at the home for about 40 years. Neighbor Zach Austin said they were “snowbirds” who spent their winters in Arizona, where they have family.
Austin said that in the nearly six years he has lived in the neighborhood, he had “nothing but pleasant” interactions with the Syreks.
“The only thing strange I saw was there was a car parked on the hill, which he never did because he has tons of access and a long driveway,” he said. “Vehicles were never parked on the hill unless he had big company over.”
He said he noticed the car on the hill between Friday and Saturday morning. The vehicle was still there Tuesday morning.
“Makes me nervous quite a bit,” Austin said of the deaths in the small neighborhood. “I mean, I have have a 5-year-old and a 2 year-old daughter. The 5-year-old I’ll let run around out here. I mean, we’re a private neighborhood well outside of town, so. I mean it does make (me) quite a bit nervous, hence why my kids aren’t outside right now.”
—24 Hour News 8’s Heather Walker contributed to this report.