EDENVILLE, Mich. (AP) - Central Michigan authorities searching for a woman who disappeared on a date with a man she met online say a man killed himself as deputies arrived at his house, and a woman's body was found nearby Wednesday.
The body was found in Edenville Township but wasn't immediately identified as the missing woman, Leigh Swanson, Midland County Sheriff Jerry Nielsen said during a news conference that was originally called to seek clues in the search for Swanson. It was postponed for 20 minutes after the body was discovered.
"We're still seeking information on this," Nielsen said, adding that anyone with possible leads should contact authorities.
Other law enforcement officials and four members of Swanson's family also attended the news conference. Swanson's relatives, holding hands, did not speak.
Swanson, 45, met a man through an online dating site and went out on a date with him Nov. 16, Nielsen said. Two days later, she called her mother to say she would be home in a few hours. But she never arrived at her home in Saginaw Township, and her family reported her missing Nov. 20.
"No one knows who she went on that date with," the sheriff said.
Swanson's mother, Beverly Kane, told WNEM-TV earlier that her daughter told her she had a bad feeling about going on the date.
"I said, 'Don't go,'" Kane told the television station.
"But when she got there," the mother added, "she called me ... and said everything was OK."
Investigators traced the call to a house in Edenville Township, and two deputies went there Tuesday seeking information on the missing woman, Nielsen said.
"As they were walking to the front door, they heard a gunshot," Nielsen said. He said the deputies took shelter and called to anyone in the house to come out with their hands over their heads.
A man emerged holding a cellphone on which he was speaking to 911 operators and said, "My son just shot himself," Nielsen said.
In the house, deputies found a 28-year-old man dead from a gunshot wound. Nielsen withheld the name of the dead man. They also found human blood in another part of the house, he said.
Investigators began searching the area and found a woman's body about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in a wooded area of a neighbor's property, the sheriff said. The site is about 10 miles northwest of Midland.
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