Former pastor identified in suspicious death investigation

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BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. - The Kent County Sheriff says they are investigating a suspicious death in Byron Township Monday night.

The body of a 66-year old man, identified by authorities Wednesday as Dale Cross Sr., was found along the road in the 1400 block of 68th Street SW at about 6:00 p.m.  Cross Sr. is a former pastor in the area.

Detectives say that they received a 911 call that Cross Sr. was laying near a gray GMC Envoy with an apparent gunshot wound.  The vehicle had a tire jack under it and it appeared the man was working on it.

A neighbor who lives close to where police had the road blocked off is shocked something like this could happen.

"The county police had 68th street shut down between Clyde Park and Burlingame and it was closed for about 3 hours. We don't know any details we heard a body was found but that's all. It's very rare for something like this to happen in this neighborhood." Says Bruce Kielty, a neighbor who lives near 68th street.

An autopsy was completed Tuesday and results are still pending.

Courtesy photo: Kent Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Detectives are asking for anyone who may have seen the man or the vehicle to contact them at 616-632-6357 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.  The man is described as being white, 66 years old, medium to heavy build, and was wearing bright teal gym shorts and a gray t-shirt.


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