LEELANAU COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) – UPDATE (2:18 p.m.): Police believe a body found in Leelanau County may be related to an ongoing missing person investigation by the Traverse City Police Department.
The body, identified as a female in her late 50s to early 70s, was found around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday in a field near Kasson Center and South Newman roads south of Maple City, according to our media partners at MLive.
The body has been transported to the Western Michigan University School of Medicine in Kalamazoo for an autopsy. The name of the women will be released later Thursday, police said.
The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police and the Traverse City Police Department have been treating the discovery as a homicide investigation.
Body found in Northern Michigan after motorist sees drag marks across field
Leelanau County authorities have said they are treating the investigation as a homicide.
According to police, the entire investigative process has been difficult due to single digit temperatures, high winds and blowing snow in the area.
The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Traverse Band Tribal Police Department and the Cedar Area Fire and Rescue Department also assisted at the scene.
Anyone with information related to this investigation is encouraged to call the Leelanau County Dispatch Center at (231) 256 – 8800, the Traverse City Police Department at (231) 995 – 5150 or the Michigan State Police at (989) 619 – 5423.
UPDATE: A sharp-eyed motorist who saw fresh drag marks across a Leelanau County field alerted authorities after following the tracks and finding a body that had been dumped over the side of a hill.
Authorities say they are treating Wednesday’s discovery as a homicide investigation, according to UpNorthLive. The body was taken to a medial examiner’s office downstate for an autopsy, and investigators are now awaiting those results.
Police have said the body appears to be that of a woman older than 50.
The body was found about 11:30 a.m. in a field near Kasson Center and South Newman roads south of Maple City, the TV station reported. The person who found the body initially expected to find a deer that someone had dumped, the county sheriff said.
Assisting at the scene were technicians from the Michigan State Police crime lab in Grayling.
ORIGINAL STORY: A woman’s body was dragged over a snowy hill and left in a rural area in northern Michigan, police said.
Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich said investigators are treating it as a homicide. Authorities were called Wednesday after a caller wondered if the drag marks might have been caused by someone dumping a dead deer or trash in the Maple City area, northwest of Traverse City.
An autopsy is set for Thursday. The woman appeared to be over 50 years old.
“Someone tried to dispose of or hide a body,” said Borkovich, who added there were obvious signs of trauma.
Traverse City police said it could be a resident who was last seen Tuesday night.
Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel said he doesn’t believe it’s Adrienne Quintal, a Detroit-area woman who is missing from a family cabin in Honor.
Borkovich is urging people in the area to be cautious.
“I think it’s important that people stay alert, stay vigilant, pay attention to cars, traffic, different people in the area or different behavior by people,” he said.