GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The body of a Lansing-area man who went missing last year was discovered last week more than 100 miles away in southwest Michigan.
Michigan State Police Detective 1st Lt. Chuck Christensen confirmed to 24 Hour News 8 Sunday evening that the skeletal remains found Wednesday in the woods in Lawrence are those of Jerome Ezell.
Family members told WLNS, WOOD TV8’s Lansing sister station, that police used DNA to identify the remains. They said they were devastated.
In early November 2017, Ezell’s SUV was found in the Lansing area, his 5-month-old son still inside in his car seat. There were no signs of a struggle and Ezell, 27, was nowhere to be found.
The cause of his death has not yet been determined. Christensen said investigators are waiting on forensic autopsy results, which they expect back soon.
The remains were discovered by a worker from a nearby factory who was taking a walk in the woods. Police said Wednesday it was clear they had been there “for quite a while,” but it’s still unclear how they ended up there.