SANFORD, MI – A man committed suicide Wednesday when police arrived at his home looking for Leigh Swanson, the 45-year-old missing for over a week, and a female body was found nearby.
Swanson has not been seen since meeting a man online and going out on a date with him on Nov 16. Initially nervous about the date, Swanson went anyway and called her mother later to tell her everything was fine. Two days later, Swanson called her mother to say she would be home in a few hours. That’s the last time anyone has had contact with her.
Police ended up tracing the phone call she made to a home in Edenville Township. When they arrived at the home and approached the front door, they heard a gunshot and took cover. Shortly after, a man came out of the home while on the phone with 911. He told police his son had just shot himself. Police would find the body of a 28-year-old man inside the home. His identity has not been released.
Investigators would also find human blood in another part of the house that did not belong to the dead man. They began searching the area and found a woman’s body about 1:30 p.m. in a wooded area of a neighbor’s property, 30 ft from the road. The Michigan State Police crime lab is processing the DNA found inside the home and Swanson’s family will be viewing the female body found to see it is Swanson’s.Tags: Crime, dating, Leigh Swanson, Michigan, Missing Person, Murder, Suicide