SOLON TOWNSHIP, Michigan—Authorities say evidence suggests some of the three children and a woman found fatally shot in a western Michigan house may have been killed elsewhere.
Four people, including children, have been found dead in northern Kent County, Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young said a preliminary investigation indicates. A source says it is a shooting. (Feb. 18, 2019) https://t.co/Bn8VzRjAns
— CD (@CdLutetia) February 18, 2019
The Kent County sheriff’s office said in a news release investigators are checking a “wooded piece of property” Tuesday, Feb. 19, near the Solon Township home where the bodies were found a day earlier. Solon Township is about 30 miles north of Grand Rapids.
Authorities have not released the victims’ identities or explained how they are related. Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young has said the children were elementary school-aged and younger.
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LaJoye-Young called the scene “a horrific thing to be called to” and said, “My heart goes out to the families involved here and the community.”
KCSO Sheriff LaJoye-Young addresses the media regarding an active investigation on 19 mile Road. We can confirm 4 casualties however we do not believe there is an active threat to community safety. pic.twitter.com/HdcxtNyI6n
— Kent County Sheriff (@KentSheriff) February 18, 2019
Autopsies are to start Wednesday. Police say the victims will officially be identified once the autopsies are completed.
Authorities say they don’t believe a shooter is at large.
VIDEO from 19 Mile Road northwest of Cedar Springs, where authorities are investigating the apparent shooting deaths of four people, including children: https://t.co/KYZ9oofRcc pic.twitter.com/4qQpw4Yoan
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