Three 911 calls made to Ionia County Dispatch are shedding more light on the moments just before a murder-suicide on I-96 in Ionia County.
WZZM 13 Grand Rapids obtained the calls from the Ionia County Sheriff's Office through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The first call came in at 9:36 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6 -- just minutes before the shooting happened, leaving both 50-year-old David Somers and his wife, 50-year-old Lisa Somers dead.
The man who called 911 said he and his brother were headed east on I-96 when they noticed two people standing outside of their van on the right shoulder. They were just west of mile marker 60 -- which is near the Nash Highway exit in Boston Township.
"They look like they're freezing -- they're waiting for help," he told the dispatcher. "By the time we noticed, we drove past them and we couldn't turn around."
"They didn't have their lights on. We barely saw them," the caller went on to say.
The next call came nine minutes later, after the shooting happened.
“There is a van on the side of the road that looks like the back hatch is open and things were strewn everywhere. No lights, no nothing -- it just looks kind of funny,” the caller told a dispatcher at 9:45 p.m.
The caller clarified with the dispatcher that items were strewn around the van. "But there is no lights on or anything -- it just looks a little suspicious," she added.
The last call was made at 10:05 p.m., a woman driving by described seeing someone who appeared to be looking for help.
“The car's pulled over and all the lights are off and the back door was open and someone was kind of waving people down. And it looked like they needed help but I'm not sure who to call,” she explained to the dispatcher.
"Somebody was trying to do something with the car, like, maybe fix it? And somebody was trying to wave people down, but they didn't have any lights on," she continued. "Anyways, it looked like they were trying to get help."
According to the sheriff's office -- a deputy was sent out to the scene of the crash just before 9:40 p.m. and arrived at 10:01 p.m. That deputy discovered a silver, Chevrolet Equinox with the lift gate and passenger side doors opened -- revealing suitcases, a pillow and other travel-related items.
David and Lisa Somers were found dead, outside of the vehicle and a loaded shotgun was found under David Somers' body.
Lisa Somers' daughter, 18-year-old Amedy Dewey was inside of the vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound. She was last reported in stable but critical condition.
Amedy and Lisa were returning home from a vacation and were picked up by David at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. All three were headed to the Midland area.
According to Ionia County Sheriff Dale Miller, all indications are that David was the gunman and both David and Lisa died from gunshots to the head. The sheriff's office says it has been looking into a lead that David Somers may have been treated for a recent brain ailment.
Deputies say there is no clear motive for the homicide, which remains under investigation at this time.
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