The Midland County Sheriff's Office released an update that the female located Wednesday afternoon in the wooded area near a residence on North Fox in Edenville Township has been identified as Leigh Katherine Swanson.
Midland County Sheriff Jerry Nielson said that Swanson, 45, died from an apparent gunshot wound.
The discovery of her body and that of another male were made while authorities were looking for Swanson, a Saginaw woman who went missing Nov. 16 after going on a date with a man she met online.
Nielson said Wednesday that deputies arrived at a home in the Sanford area on Monday afternoon where they traced a phone number that Swanson had used to call her mother.
When they arrived at the home in the 5100 block of North Fox Road, deputies heard a loud boom. Moments later, someone came out of the home and told deputies his 28-year-old son had just shot himself. Police are not releasing either man's identity. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and police say his death appears to be a suicide. Deputies said they found human DNA in the home that did not belong to the dead man.
Just before the news conference started on Wednesday afternoon, authorities were alerted to the discovery of Swanson's body across the street from the home where the alleged suicide took place. Deputies were combing the property around the home and stumbled upon her body about 30 feet from the road.
Swanson's family told TV5 she was going out on a date with a new man she met through an online dating website. That website was MeetMe.com. When family members hadn't heard from her in several days, they reached out to the man she went on the date with, but they said he was rude and hung up the phone once they indicated that they were going to contact police.
Nielson asked that if anyone has information on the details of this case to contact the Midland County Sheriff's Department at 989-839-4620.
Stay with WNEM.com and TV5 as we learn more about this story, including the identity of the man police say killed himself and how he may or may not be connected to Swanson.
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