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UPDATE: The Ionia County Sheriff's Office has issued the following update on the deaths on I-96 last night:


Further investigation at the scene determined that this was a case of an apparent murder/suicide.  The decedents are identified as David Somers, 51, and Lisa Somers, 51, both of Kaleva, MI.  Both died of gunshot wounds at the scene.  A loaded shotgun was found at the scene directly underneath David Somers body. 


The living victim found in the car by police is identified as Amedy Dewey, 18, also of Kaleva, the daughter of Lisa Somers.  Dewey was treated at the scene by Life EMS and the Saranac Fire Department before being transported by ambulance to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.  Dewey remains in critical, but stable condition at this time.


The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post assisted at the scene, and also helped close a portion of eastbound I-96 near mile marker 59 as sheriff’s detectives investigated the shooting and collected evidence.  The highway reopened at 1:40 a.m. 


There is no clear motive at this time of what prompted this homicide, and sheriff’s detectives will continue to investigate the case.  More information may be released in the future as it becomes available. 


oRIGINAL STORY: The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a double homicide discovered when a deputy was dispatched to a motorist assist on I-96 near Nash Highway in Boston Township about 9:38 p.m. Saturday night.


A sheriff’s news release said the deputy arrived at the scene and found two deceased individuals off the roadway, and a third person still alive inside a vehicle with an apparent gunshot wound. The deputy rendered aid to the victim in the vehicle until other officers and first responders arrived.


Two persons were pronounced dead at the scene; the third was transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital and is in critical condition.  No names or genders have been released.

The  release said the sheriff’s office is conducting a homicide investigation and there is no danger to the public.









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