In a mysterious turn of events at Macomb Community College, the body of a missing man, Jason Anthony Thompson, age 36, was discovered in the ventilation duct of the college’s Performing Arts facility.
The discovery, as reported by NBC News, has sparked numerous questions and a thorough investigation by local authorities.
Thompson, a resident of Clinton Township, had been missing since late October. His last known contact with his family was on October 25, and he was officially reported missing to the Sterling Heights Police Department on November 1. The unsettling discovery of his body occurred as campus officials were investigating the cause of an unpleasant odor from the ventilation system, according to NBC News.
Macomb College Police Chief William Leavens, in a statement obtained by CBS Detroit, remarked, “There is no reason to suspect foul play. At this point, it is important to remember that this is an ongoing investigation, with the goal of understanding the circumstances.”
He added, “We are withholding the individual’s identification until we can make proper family notifications. Our deepest condolences go out to his family.”
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Despite Chief Leavens’ initial statement, Jeanne M. Nicol, Executive Director of Communications and Public Relations at Macomb Community College, confirmed to CBS Detroit that the body discovered in the ventilation duct was the body of the missing Thompson.
Nicol also confirmed that Thompson was not connected with the college. She did not disclose how Thompson was able to access the Performing Arts facility due to the ongoing investigation of the incident.
The circumstances surrounding Thompson’s death currently remain unclear. Authorities are awaiting the results from the Macomb County medical examiner to determine the cause of Thompson’s death. As details are limited, the investigation continues to progress, with further information yet to be disclosed.
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