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Man arrested after roommate's body found in missing person case

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TUSCOLA COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Police arrested a suspect after investigators found his roommate's dead body in a missing person case in Tuscola County.

On Friday, April 27, 23-year-old Aaron Michael Eby was arrested by the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office in an on-going investigation of a missing person that was reported the same date.

The missing person, a 33-year-old man, lived on E. Willard Road in Tuscola County where he was last seen early Tuesday morning, April 24.

Eby lived at the same home of the missing person on Willard Road.

Michigan State Police Forensic Lab scientists and investigators from the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office processed the scene on Willard Road for several hours on Friday into the early Saturday morning.

The sheriff’s office said several pieces of evidence were recovered and collected.

More search warrants were executed by the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office, MSP Forensic Lab, and Sgt. David Yount from the MSP Canine Unit Commander.

One of the search warrants included a location in Vassar Township where MSP used a cadaver canine to find the dead body of the 33-year-old man.

Multiple police vehicles and an MSP Crime Lab were on the scene. 

"We were pretty upset. The whole neighborhood was upset," said one woman who did not want to be identified. “It’s just despicable that anyone could kill someone."

Meanwhile other residents who live near the suspect say they are in shock.

“I don’t hold any animosity against him. I don’t know what the story was,” said another woman who did not want to be identified.

She said Eby seemed like a good person.

“He was funny. He was articulate. Intelligent. Polite,” the second anonymous woman said.

Getting back to the first woman, she knows the suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. She said if that happens she wants to see him face justice.

“I hope that he has the time that’s he’s allocated from his peers. You do something like that yes you have to serve the time,” the first anonymous woman said.

Authorities believe Eby acted alone in this case.

On Monday, April 30, Eby was charged with open murder, eleven counts of possession of metallic knuckles, and four counts of lying to a peace officer during a violent crime investigation.

He was denied bond and is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on May 7.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. James Hook of the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office at 989-673-8161 ext 2234.

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