Man accused of killing Mt. Pleasant-area child in custody


MT. PLEASANT, Mich. (WOOD) — A man accused of killing a 13-year-old girl near Mt. Pleasant Sunday is now in custody, according to state police.

Michigan State Police said Isaiah “Zeke” Gary Gardenhire, 40, was taken into custody without incident early Tuesday morning. No additional information surrounding the arrest has been released.

Authorities have been looking for Gardenhire since Sunday, saying he stabbed and killed a 13-year-old girl around 3:15 a.m. at a home on South Isabella Road in Union Township near Mt. Pleasant. He’s also accused of sexually assaulting an adult woman at the same house.

He’s expected to face charges of open murder and first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a weapon, MSP said Monday.

Court records show Gardenhire is currently facing charges for second-degree CSC with a victim under the age of 13 out of Mason County. It is alleged to have happened in 2015. Gardenhire was supposed to be back in court in that case Wednesday. That case is not believed to be connected to the Sunday crimes.

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