Son-in-law arrested in double murder near Caledonia

Kent County

BOWNE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say a suspect in the murders of a Kent County couple found dead in their bedroom has been arrested.

Undersheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young said 33-year-old Nathan Board was arrested Wednesday night for the murders of Patty Syrek and Theodore Syrek. He is the soon-to-be ex-husband of the couple’s daughter.

“At this point, we believe the case is going to be resolved with this arrest,” Young said. “But certainly, if you know anything more about this incident or any facts that might pertain to it, we’re still interested in hearing those.”

Board was formally charged Thursday afternoon with assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer. The undersheriff said that charge stemmed from Board’s actions during the sheriff’s department’s investigation Tuesday.

A judge set Board’s bond at $1 million and he remains in the Kent County Correctional Facility.

The Kent County prosecutor said he hasn’t issued homicide charges in the case yet.

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. 

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

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department said investigators found the couple dead in their bedroom. It’s unclear how long they had been dead.

Anyone with more information can contact the sheriff’s office at 616.632.6100 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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