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Homicide suspected in Menominee County death

HARRIS TOWNSHIP — A 74-year-old Menominee County man has been identified as the victim of a suspected homicide Tuesday in Harris Township.

A homicide investigation is underway after Michael Donovan, 74, of Menominee County, was found dead in a residence in Harris Township Tuesday afternoon.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police-Gladstone Post were called to a residence on Old U.S. 2 and 41 near Eustis Road in Menominee County about 12:30 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday.

Troopers said they found the body of man, later identified as Donovan, who appeared to have died as a result of foul play. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of death.

The Michigan State Police are investigating the incident as a homicide. Officers said a man is in the Menominee County Jail on open murder charges. His identity has not been released pending arraignment.

Investigators said they do not believe any other suspects are involved.

The Marquette Crime Lab has been called in on the investigation. Officers said the additional scenes on Hannahville Road were processed for evidence.

Bark River-Harris and Hannahville Indian Schools were put on lockdown while law enforcement searched for the suspect Tuesday afternoon.

According to Bark River-Harris School’s Facebook page, Michigan State Police alerted the district at 1:07 p.m. Tuesday about an incident near the district’s school building. The district was advised to go into lockdown as a security measure.

A post at about 2:17 p.m. stated the district no longer was in lockdown, as the incident was under control by state police.

According to Hannahville Indian School’s Facebook page, the district was advised by Hannahville Tribal Police to go into lockdown Tuesday afternoon as a security measure. The lockdown was lifted by about 2:40 p.m., per the guidance of Hannahville Tribal Police.

Assisting troopers and detectives at the site were the Menominee County Sheriff’s Department, Hannahville Tribal Police, Department of Natural Resources conservation officers and the Harris Township Volunteer Fire Department.

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