One body found in tent in Antrim County identified, second body believed to be brother
Thu, 15 May 2014 13:20:08 GMT —
The Antrim County Sheriff's Office is getting more details about two men found dead in a tent in last month.
The two bodies were found in a tent in a rural area of Custer Township April 30. Sheriff Daniel Bean said the condition of the bodies indicated they may have been there since fall of last year.
A forensic pathologist from Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids and lab personnel from the Michigan State Police were able to identify one of the men using fingerprints. Daniel Nothstine, 56, of Mancelona was positively identified.
After talking with family and friends, the second body is believed to be Daniel's brother, Robert Nothstine. Both of the men were last seen in early August, 2013.
The men were homeless and borrowed a tent from a friend. They were reportedly dropped off in the Cedar River area where the bodies were found.
Detectives from the Antrim Sheriff's Office and the Michigan State Police collected evidence from the scene that suggests the brothers were together, however, DNA of the second body is needed to confirm the identity. DNA samples were collected from family members and turned over to the Michigan State Police Crime Lab for analysis and comparison.
The cause of death has not been determined as additional Lab results are pending. Foul play is not suspected in the deaths but has not been ruled out at this time.