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MSP identifies suspect in Isabella Co. homicide

Anyone with information on Isaiah Gardenhire's whereabouts is asked to contact 911 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-5245.

ISABELLA COUNTY, Mich. — The Mount Pleasant State Police Post responded to a sexual assault/homicide report on South Isabella Road in Isabella County around 3:15 a.m. Sunday morning.

Upon arrival, officers found a teenage female with a stab wound. The victim later succumbed from this wound. Police say an adult female was also sexually assaulted at this residence.

Investigators have identified the suspect as Isaiah Gary Gardenhire, also known as "Zeke." He is described as a black male, 40 years old, 6'1", 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Gardenhire has a star-shaped tattoo on the right side of his neck and a circular tattoo on the left side of his neck. 

Police believe he is driving a stolen, dark-colored 2014 Ford Fusion with the license plate "CTBMIKE."

Residents of Mount Pleasant are encouraged to keep their doors and vehicles locked. 

Police have issued a warrant for Gardenhire's arrest. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact 911 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-5245.

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