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Police probe homicide in Harris Twp.

HARRIS TOWNSHIP — A 74-year-old Menominee County man has been identified as the victim in the homicide that occurred in Harris Township Tuesday.

A homicide investigation is underway after Michael Donovan, 74, of Menominee County, was found dead in a residence in Harris Township Tuesday afternoon.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police – Gladstone Post were called to a residence on Old US 2 and 41, near Eustis Road, in Menominee County, at around 12:30 p.m. EST Tuesday.

According to troopers, investigation at the scene revealed a deceased man from the area, later identified as Donovan, who appeared to have died as a result of foul play. A forensic autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of death.

The Michigan State Police are investigating the incident as a homicide. Officers said a man has been arrested on open murder charges and lodged in Menominee County Jail. The identity of the suspect is not being released pending arraignment.

Investigators said they have no reason to believe there are any other suspects at large.

The Marquette Crime Lab was contacted and responded to the scene. Officers said the additional scenes on Hannahville Road were processed for evidence.

Bark River-Harris and Hannahville Indian Schools were put on lockdown while law enforcement searched for the suspect Tuesday afternoon.

According to Bark River-Harris School’s Facebook page, at 1:07 p.m. Tuesday, the district received a phone call from the Michigan State Police indicating there was an incident near the district’s school building. The district was advised to go into lockdown as a security measure.

At about 2:17 p.m., a follow-up post from the school district stated the district was no longer in a lockdown, as the incident was under control by state police.

According to Hannahville Indian School’s Facebook page, the district was advised by Hannahville Tribal Police to go into lockdown Tuesday afternoon as a security measure. At about 2:40 p.m., the school was no longer in lockdown per the guidance of Hannahville Tribal Police.

Assisting troopers and detectives at the scene are the Menominee County Sheriff’s Department, Hannahville Tribal Police, DNR conservation officers, and the Harris Township Volunteer Fire Department.