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UPDATE-STATE POLICE INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE

  UPDATE- SUSPECT IN CUSTODY

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UPDATE-JUNE 8, 2021- “In the early morning hours of June 8, 2021, Isaiah Gardenhire was taken into custody without incident.  Due to the ongoing nature of this investigation no further information is available at this time.  We will continue to share information with our media partners as it becomes available.”

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI.  On Sunday, June 6, 2021, at 3:15AM, troopers from the Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant Post responded to a residence on S. Isabella in reference to the report of a stabbing involving juveniles.  Upon arrival, troopers discovered a teenage female had suffered a stab wound.  She subsequently succumbed to the fatal stab wound.  Additional investigation revealed an adult female had been sexually assaulted.

Investigative resources and personnel from multiple agencies were deployed to search the area for the suspect identified as Isaiah Gardenhire.  A warrant for open murder and Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree with a weapon was authorized by the Isabella County Prosecutor’s Office.

Isaiah Gardenhire is described as a black male, 40 years of age, 6’1” and 180 pounds.  He has black hair and brown eyes with a distinctive star shaped tattoo on the right side of his neck.  He has a large circular tattoo on the left side of his neck.  He is believed to be driving a stolen, dark colored, 2014 Ford Fusion bearing a Michigan plate of “CTBMIKE”.

Residents of the Mount Pleasant area are encouraged to keep their homes, outbuildings, and vehicles locked.  If he is observed call 911 immediately and do not approach.

Due to the ongoing nature of this investigation no further information is available at this time.  We will continue to share information with our media partners as it becomes available.

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