October 18, 2017
Updated Aug. 12 at 11:53 a.m.

Two suspects in jail in connection with alleged homicide

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HALE — Michigan State Police Detective Sgt. Craig Johnson said a second suspect has been arrested in connection to an alleged homicide that reportedly took the life of Roger Knickerbocker II, a 72-year-old man from Hale, a few weeks back.

Johnson said the second alleged suspect is a male in his early 20s from the Bay County area. The man is currently lodged in Iosco County Jail, the same location as the other suspect, a 20-year-old male from Pontiac who was arrested Aug. 10.

On Friday, Aug. 12, Special 1st Lt. Dave Kaiser with the MSP 3rd District reported that the body of an elderly male had been exhumed from a shallow grave at a residence in Hale early morning Aug. 11.

“There will be some justice and closure for the family,” Kaiser said. “We located the victim late last night. As of 2:30 a.m. they were going to try to do some fingerprinting to make a positive identification.”

Troopers learned of a possible homicide after responding to a domestic assault situation Aug. 9. Kaiser said when troopers responded to the situation they arrested a woman with warrants out of Bay County.

During transport, the woman, who was reportedly distraught, began questioning why she was being arrested when two men were getting away with murder. Kaiser said as troopers began collecting more information from the woman and had an opportunity to investigate some of the woman’s claims, the story was validated.

Detectives, troopers, personnel from the MSP Bridgeport Forensic Lab and an MSP K-9 cadaver dog began searching the residence at 5851 Snyder Trail in Hale and an approximate one-acre parcel around the residence and quickly located the shallow grave beneath a dog house.

“In 24 hours detectives from around the district were able to process the scene, interview witnesses and suspects, locate a grave, and lab personnel were able to locate and recover the body,” Kaiser said. “Within 24 hours we were able to bring closure to this homicide.”

Updated: Aug. 12 at 11:53 a.m.

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Rebecka Vigus

My prayers go to this man's family. Kudos to the MSP for being on top of this.

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