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Deputies identify body found on disc golf course

Sheriff Kim Cole says a man was on the course looking for his disc, when he found the body. 

MASON COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Mason County Sheriff's Deputies have identified the body that was found on a disc golf course Sunday night.

According to Sheriff Kim Cole, 28-year-old James Anthony Walkley, of Free Soil, was found dead in a wooded area in Mason County.

The sheriff says because they do not know the cause of death, it is considered 'suspicious.'

Deputies were called to the scene near the Ludington Area School’s forest at the Leviathan disc golf course around 6:00 p.m. Sunday night.

Sheriff Kim Cole says a man was on the wooded course looking for his disc, when he found Walkley's body.

Officials estimate he could have been there nearly two days.

“There was nothing at the scene that would give us concern for public safety,” Sheriff Cole said. “I don’t feel that there was anything at the scene that would give our community a cause for alarm for their safety.”

The sheriff says there is no indication of a self-inflicted wound.

Deputies spent more than three hours at the scene Sunday night and where back there Monday investigating.

An autopsy and toxicology were performed Monday afternoon. The results could take several days to come back.

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