Arrest made in connection to Owosso man's death - WNEM TV 5

Arrest made in connection to Owosso man's death

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SHIAWASSEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

The Shiawassee County Sheriff's office says deputies have made an arrest in connection to the Aaron Idle missing person investigation.

On Monday morning, sheriff's detectives said they arrested 35-year-old James Douglas Cummings, of Owosso. Cummings has been charged by the Shiawassee County prosecutor's office with lying to an officer in regards to a violent crime investigation, which carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison. Authorities said Cummings has also been charged as a habitual offender, second notice.

Deputies said Cummings was in the company of 30-year-old Aaron Idle on March 23, 2013, the last day Idle was seen alive. Deputies said on that date, an arrangement was made to receive a delivery of some sort of controlled substances at Cummings residence, which deputies said was reportedly consumed by Idle and Cummings.

At some point, deputies said Cummings discovered that Idle was unresponsive and presumed to be dead. Deputies said it is believed that Cummings then transported Idle to a nearby dumpster and deposited his body into it. Police said the contents of the dumpster inevitably were collected and taken to a land fill.

Deputies said additional charges against other involved parties are forthcoming.

Detectives believe Idle's body is buried among the trash at a Genesee County landfill and said his body is unrecoverable.

TV5 spoke with Idle's family a few months ago about the case. Accepting that their son is dead is something Idle's family said is hard to fathom, especially when the hard proof is supposedly buried beneath a mountain of trash.

"Without a body, there's no way we really know what happened to him," said Pam Idle, Aaron Idle's mother. 

But the word the family received from the Shiawassee County Sheriff's Department is they will never know. Pam and Alan Idle said detectives told them they'll have to accept their word about what happened to the 30-year-old.

"They're telling us that we have to accept, that just this one person with his one word is what they're going on, and that's that," said AJ Idle, Aaron Idle's brother.

And that's what's troubling for Idle's family. The family has a hard time accepting that the detectives are so willing to take the word of a guy who was doing drugs with Aaron Idle.

Detectives told the family that because of the time that has passed, they believe that Aaron Idle's remains are virtually unrecoverable and have called off their search.

"The way they want to leave it, we can just put notes in our trash bags, I mean it's just ludicrous. I don't understand how you can end an investigation without recovering the body," said Alan Idle.

And the Idle family said this can't be over.

"I'd dig there all day, all week, all month, for 10 years if I had to. Like I said, my brother's body is important to me, and I want him to have a gravestone, not a dump," said AJ Idle.

"I just want my son's body so we can bury him, lay him to rest and have a place to go to pay our respects to," said Pam Idle.

The family did commend the Shiawassee County Sheriff's Office. They said they did a heck of a job in trying to locate their son.  But if he is in fact in the dump, the family says they have to get him out because they can't rest knowing their son could spend eternity in a dump.

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