On June 6, 2021 at 3:15 AM, troopers and detectives from the Mount Pleasant State Police Post were summoned to a residence on South Isabella Road, Union Township, Isabella County for an alleged sexual assault/homicide investigation. Investigators have obtained information on a potential suspect and are actively searching their location. The Michigan State Police Lansing Crime Lab processed the scene, and this remains an active, ongoing investigation.
The suspect in this case has been identified as Isaiah Gary Gardenhire, also known as “Zeke”. Gardenhire is a black male, 40 years of age, 6’-1”, 180lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He has a distinctive star-shaped tattoo on the right side of his neck, and a large circular tattoo on the left side of his neck. Gardenhire was last seen driving a stolen, dark-colored 2014 Ford Fusion with the license plate “CTBMIKE.” Police say residents should be aware of their surroundings and not approach Gardenhire. Residents of Mt. Pleasant are advised to keep their homes, outbuildings and vehicles locked. Call 9-1-1 if you know his whereabouts. The Isabella County Prosecutor’s Office has authorized a warrant for Open Murder and Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree with a weapon.
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