Michigan State Police Homicide Investigation – UPDATE (Updated 6/8/21)

UPDATE FROM THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE (MSP) 6/8/2021In the early morning hours of June 8, 2021 Isaiah Gardenhire was taken into custody without incident. Due to the ongoing nature of this investigation, no further information is available at this time. The MSP will continue to share information with our media partners as it becomes available.

UPDATED: 6/7/2021 3:15 p.m.: The Michigan State Police (MSP), who is leading this investigation, is asking Mt. Pleasant area residents to keep their homes, outbuildings and vehicles locked. If you see this individual do not approach, and call 911 immediately. Due to the ongoing nature of this investigation, the MSP has no further information available at this time. The MSP will continue to share information with the media as it becomes available.

On Sunday, June 6, 2021, at 3:15 a.m., troopers from the Michigan State Police Mt. Pleasant Post responded to a residence on S. Isabella Road in reference to the report of a stabbing involving juveniles. Upon arrival, troopers discovered a teenage female had suffered a stab wound. She subsequently succumbed to the fatal stab wound.  Additional investigation revealed an adult female had been sexually assaulted.

Investigative resources and personnel from multiple agencies were deployed to search the area for the suspect identified as Isaiah Gardenhire.  A warrant for open murder and Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree with a weapon was authorized by the Isabella County Prosecutor’s Office.

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. He has black hair and brown eyes with a distinctive star shaped tattoo on the right side of his neck.  He has a large circular tattoo on the left side of his neck.  He is believed to be driving a stolen, dark colored, 2014 Ford Fusion bearing a Michigan plate of “CTBMIKE”.

The public is asked remain aware of your surroundings, keep your doors, outbuildings and vehicles locked, and do not approach this individual.  If you see this person or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Gardenhire please contact 911 immediately.

Michigan State Police Media Contact:

Spl/Lt. Michelle Robinson, Michigan State Police 6th District Public Information Officer, 517-230-3818, Email: RobinsonM16@michigan.gov