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HASTINGS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The man wanted for the assault of an elderly Hastings woman has committed suicide, according police.

Officers found a body around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday after setting up a perimeter in the area of Tanner Lake, Yeckley, Cook, and Hall Roads. Police believe the body is Michael Carl Cooley, 34, however they do not yet have positive identification.

Hastings Police say Cooley held an 82-year-old woman captive overnight at her home in the 200 block of West Benson Street and assaulted her. Police Chief Jerry Sarver would not confirm nor deny that the victim was sexually assaulted.

Around noon Wednesday Cooley stole the victim's white Buick LeSabre and drove west to a wooded area about five miles away.

Police found the victim in her home around 12:30. She was taken to a Grand Rapids hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

After the LeSabre was spotted in Rutland Township, Michigan State Police and Hastings officers set up a perimeter, telling residents to stay inside and lock their doors and close the windows. An MSP helicopter and tracking dogs were also brought in to search for Cooley.

After the discovery of the body around 7:30 p.m. the lockdown was lifted.

WZZM 13 checked Cooley's criminal history. TheMichigan Department of Corrections website lists Cooley as a parole absconder. In 2008 he was charged with felony possession of narcotics/cocaine less than 25 grams in Hillsdale County. Other criminal offenses include a felony charge of uttering and publishing in 2002, and larceny over $100 in 1997.

WZZM 13 will have have more at 11 p.m.


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