Update: 5:00 p.m.
The Sheriff’s Department has released the names of the man and woman found deceased in their home on Lapham Drive.
“The male has been identified as Gerald Echelbarger and the female as Brenda Echelbarger. The couple were husband and wife.
The investigation remains ongoing pending further information being gathered.”
Update: 12:26 p.m.
News Release from the Sheriff’s Department:
“On 01-16-15 at approximately 8:00 a.m.
Clare County Central Dispatch received a call of two people deceased at a Hayes township home.
Investigators found that a 65 year old male and a 45 year old female that resided at the residence were deceased due to apparent gunshot wounds.
Investigators don’t have concern that the community is at any safety risk stemming from this incident.
The Sheriff Department is being assisted by the Michigan State Police – Mt. Pleasant Post, the Michigan State Police Crime Lab, the Clare County Prosecutor’s Office, and Mobile Medical Response Ambulance Service.
The investigation is ongoing at this time. Further details will be released at a later time.”
Update: 11:10 a.m.
With rumors coming in, we asked Sheriff Wilson if he could dismiss some of the rumors of persons involved, cause of death, etc.
For now Wilson replied: “At this time we have a male and female that are deceased at a home in Hayes Twp.”
That’s all he could say at this point of the investigation.
Undersheriff Dwayne Miedzianowski added that they are currently working on putting together info to release to the public pending family notification.
Original Post: 9:30 a.m.
It has been confirmed by Sheriff John Wilson that the deceased bodies of a male and female were found in a home on Lapham Drive in Harrison this morning.
Details on the incident are limited at this time.
We will keep your updated as the information is released.