KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say a Kentwood man had workers at a local Home Depot call 911 so he could turn himself in for stabbing two of his friends to death.
The victims are David Isner Jr., 34, and Ed Fuller, 63, authorities said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference.
Police say the suspect is Isner’s 36-year-old roommate. His name wasn’t released, but friends told News 8 that Isner’s roommate was George Edward Yzaguirre. Yzaguirre was booked into the Kent County jail Tuesday.
Authorities say they don’t yet know what the motive for the killings may have been. They believe the roommate acted alone.
Kentwood Police Chief Richard Roberts said Isner’s family reported him missing around 11:30 a.m. Monday, saying they had not seen him since Nov. 27. He had missed a family event.
Officers went to Isner’s home on Kimball Avenue SE off 52nd Street, where Roberts said they found “an alarming amount of blood” and other evidence indicating “a very violent struggle.”
Neither Isner nor his roommate were there. Isner’s vehicle was found in a nearby church parking lot. The roommate’s car was spotted Monday night at Pinegate Mobile Village off S. Division Avenue south of 76th Street in Byron Township. But again, Yzaguirre was nowhere to be found.
Then, around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, police learned the roommate was in the area of 54th Street and Division. At the same time, 911 dispatchers got a call from a Home Depot there there that a man wanted to turn himself in for killing two of his friends. He was arrested.
Kentwood detectives then learned that Fuller’s body was at his home at Pinegate. Kent County sheriff’s deputies found it shortly after 9 a.m.
Neighbors described Fuller as a quiet man who had lived in the mobile home park for years.
Isner’s body was recovered shortly before noon in what Chief Roberts called an “open area” near Lake Michigan Drive and Wilson Avenue in Walker.
The Kentwood Police Department is investigating the case alongside the Kent County Sheriff’s Department and will send their findings along to the county prosecutor’s office, which will determine what charges should be filed. The suspect could be arraigned as early as Wednesday.
Roberts offered investigators’ condolences to the victims’ families.