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Sheriff: Man reported missing found bludgeoned to death

The Crawford County Sheriff and Michigan State Police detectives are investigating a missing person case turned homicide case in Crawford County.

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Detectives are investigating a missing persons case turned homicide in Crawford County.

According to the Crawford County sheriff and Michigan State Police, Dennis Everson, 64 of Frederic, was reported missing by family members on July 6.

Investigators said the family told Crawford County deputies that Everson had not been heard from since Monday, July 2.

Records show Everson's body was found on a family owned property on Saturday.

It was determined that Everson had been bludgeoned to death several days prior to his body being discovered.

“It's a sad state of affairs my heart goes out to the people involved and but it will come to an end there will be closure,” said Crawford County Sheriff Kirk Wakefield.

Investigators said an 18-year-old Romulus man and a 36-year-old Canton man were arrested during the investigation. The sheriff said they were on the run when caught.

"You can't lose these guys," said Wakefield. "As it was, we had waited a couple hours longer we would've missed it. We'd be searching probably out of state."

Wakefield says the suspects were acquaintances with the victim, and they're working to determine a motive.

He credits help from the community with finding the suspects quickly.

"If you think about it, you can't move down the street without being on camera somewhere," said Wakefield. "Some business has a camera pointing out of their business. It's just amazing the technology that's out there."

Those who knew Everson say he was a quiet, easy going guy who kept to himself.

They find his murder shocking, while the sheriff says soon they will have more answers.

"I am real confident with all the information that we have that will have a good conviction out of this in the end," said Wakefield.

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