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Posted on Mon, Jun 3, 2013 : 2:46 p.m.

Ann Arbor police investigating after 18-year-old's body found in wooded area

By John Counts


Courtesy of Ann Arbor police

Police believe the circumstances surrounding the death of an 18-year-old man whose body was found in a wooded Ann Arbor area Sunday may be suspicious, officials said Monday.

The man's body was found near Eisenhower Parkway and Eisenhower Place around 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush said.

“He was found by two individuals who reported it to police,” Bush added.

Police believe the death could be suspicious due to the man's young age, and because he was found in a wooded area without any identification. According to Bush, investigators were able to identify the man Monday, but were not releasing his name pending family notification.

Bush said the man's body was in the wooded area "less than a day or two." All the regular medical tests, including an autopsy, are pending, she added.

Police would not elaborate on the situation Monday beyond saying it was a sensitive case and still under investigation.

“(Detectives) are still chasing down leads,” Bush said. "(Everything) is still revealing itself."

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Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 10:10 p.m.

Prayers for the family and friends of this teen from our family.

Urban Sombrero

Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 5:49 p.m.

This is really awful. I hope foul play wasn't involved. My thoughts and condolences are with the family at this time.


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 4:42 p.m.

My regards go out to the family. This is such a tragic lose.


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 1:31 p.m.

So sad. prayers go out to this young man's family & friends.

Kyle Mattson

Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 1:19 p.m.

As a reminder, please direct all questions regarding removed comments to the community guidelines thread or by sending me an email so I can look into the comment and get you an answer asap. Comments made on stories regarding this on stories are distracting and subject for removal to keep things on topic. Thanks.


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 11:25 p.m.

"Comments made on stories regarding this on stories are distracting and subject for removal to keep things on topic." I'm not at all sure what you're trying to say here. ???

Sam S Smith

Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 11:48 a.m.

Special thoughts and prayers for this young man, his family and friends!


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 3:05 a.m.

Discovering a dead teen in an Ann Arbor field is an highly unusual event. Let's follow this story and see how the AAPD deals with it. IMHO this is one of the Most Serious local news stories of 2013 (so far, today being 3 June 2013).


Thu, Jun 6, 2013 : 2:57 a.m.

How little yee forgets. Remember another sensational story of 1980? Happened pretty close to home for me and let me tell you, a friend of mine should have been celebrating another year with us but is not. This is not big news. What happened in 1980 was.


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 2:17 a.m.

I am giving everyone the eye roll here. Quit complaining about Ypsilanti crime before you all go nay saying us. Look in your own backyard before you deduce who has the worse crime rate. Ann Arbor? You laid off your police officials while we hired more. Nuff said.


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 6:11 p.m.

jns, it's a suspicious death - don't jump to conclusions. Yet to be answered - where the victim is from, where the victim died, how the victim died, and who, if anyone, left him there.


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 4:33 p.m.

You folks found a body. Has Ypsilanti? Nope. Nuff said.


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 3:08 a.m.

I don't think there's any question that Ypsilanti's crime rate is far worse than Ann Arbor's, especially violent crimes.


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 1:16 a.m.

May be suspicious? don't say?


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 6:14 p.m.

My thoughts exactly. I can't imagine how it could NOT be suspicious.

music to my ear

Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 3:24 p.m.

and does it matter a young man has lost his life, as you lost the topic of the story.


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 2:23 a.m.

People of all ages die every day that have nothing to do with anything suspicious. Reporting it IS the job of the reporter. This death MAY be suspicious. Others, not so much.


Mon, Jun 3, 2013 : 11:20 p.m.

It is unlikely 100 more officers on the force could prevent many crimes from happening. There is not enough information about this case to remotely think more officers could have stopped it from happening. I would like to see more funds directed toward public safety but lets be realistic. Crimes of opportunity are going to occur no matter how large the force.


Wed, Jun 5, 2013 : 1:07 p.m.

@objective...with regard to the Skyline incident. I am in that building often. It is completely ridiculous to think that officer Morales presence would have anything to do with keeping the alleged incident from happening unless he was right there as the incident occurred.

Milton Shift

Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 3:33 a.m.

If we had a cop for every citizen, and a cop for every cop to prevent cops from committing crimes themselves, there would be no crime. Get to it, Mr. Mayor.


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 1:19 a.m.

Prevention is key. For example, the kid who allegedly (have to have that word in there) pulled a knife at Skyline this morning might have been prevented from considering the action if police had been a daily presence IN the building, as they were last year.


Mon, Jun 3, 2013 : 8:54 p.m.

Just curious, how did they determine he was 18-years-old if he was found without any identification?


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 1:16 a.m.

Missing person report? Very sad.


Mon, Jun 3, 2013 : 10:54 p.m.

"... investigators were able to identify the man Monday..."

Julie Baker

Mon, Jun 3, 2013 : 10:39 p.m.

Many details have not yet been released, but this portion is in the story: According to Bush, investigators were able to identify the man Monday, but were not releasing his name pending family notification.


Mon, Jun 3, 2013 : 8:32 p.m.

Looks like the same area/time where the vehicle break-ins were.


Mon, Jun 3, 2013 : 11:23 p.m.

Astute observation.


Mon, Jun 3, 2013 : 8:03 p.m.

Hey Mayor, still think we should keep the police underfunded and understaffed? Crime is increasing. Public safety service should be the NUMBER ONE concern of our city government. Stop wasting money on bike lanes, art, and pie-in-the-sky mass transit schemes until you PROTECT US!


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 1:16 a.m.

Pssst, no mater how many police we have, they are not responsible for YOUR safety.


Tue, Jun 4, 2013 : 12:11 a.m.

I'm not sure I'm following the logic. If we had more police officers certainly one would be posted in this very wooded area?


Mon, Jun 3, 2013 : 8:02 p.m.

Best of luck to AAPD in their investigation of this sad case.


Mon, Jun 3, 2013 : 7:47 p.m.

Well that's certainly creepy.