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Updated: Homicide investigation in Van Buren County

Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014
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BLOOMINGDALE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A 56-year-old Van Buren County man is dead, considered the victim of a homicide.

It happened at his home on the 14000 block of 45th Street, in Bloomingdale, early Thursday morning.

The victim has been identified as Scott Michael Taylor Senior.

They say his son came home overnight, and found his dad, who had likely already died, and called for help.

The sheriffs department tells us this is now considered a homicide.

Friday afternoon, sheriff's deputies announced that Taylor's cause of death was a single gunshot to the the chest. At this time, investigators are not releasing the caliber of the gun.

"The son came home around 2:30 this morning to find his dad in cardiac arrest, and called 9-1-1," said Sergeant David Walker, with the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department.

The Van Buren County Sheriff's Department was called to the Bloomingdale home overnight for what started as a medical call.

Sgt. Walker's initial statement said that investigators were treating it as a "suspicious death."

However, the initial investigation turned up clues that the 56-year old owner of Taylor's Woodworking, who was found dead in the trailer next door to his business was in more than cardiac arrest.

"We heard gunshots all day yesterday, which is unusual for the area," said a neighbor.

Neighbors in the area tell us they filed a complaint early this morning after hearing multiple gunshots down the road, saying they know of the victim, but had never met him.

His 26-year-old son will now take on the family business.

Deputies spent hours here on scene collecting evidence and interviewing the son, who lived and worked closely with his father.

Investigators say that they have developed a person of interest in the case. They added Friday that the person has been an acquaintance of Taylor's for the last several months, but that the exact relationship or gender is not being released.

They're asking anyone with information to contact them right away.

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