Search for suspect continues after 3 men found dead in Jackson County

Victims were all seniors

Search for suspect after 3 men found dead in Jackson County
Search for suspect after 3 men found dead in Jackson County

JACKSON COUNTY, Mich. – The investigation continues to figure out what led to the death of three elderly men at a home on Fishville Road Sunday morning.

Jackson County Sheriff, Gary Schuette, says the suspect in the case was a man who lived at the home, 43-year-old Zacharie Scott Borton.

“We’re aware that he had been living there for at least a couple of weeks,” Schuette explained.

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At this point the relationship between Borton and the seniors is unclear. Michael Pauli and Edward Kantzler were both 70 and found dead from apparent gunshot wounds, along with 80-year-old Delmar Fraley.

Investigators believe Borton also stole a vehicle from the home. It is described as a red 2006 Ford Explorer with the Michigan License Plate EDH 1595.

“That vehicle is missing from the residence,” Schuette said. “We believe that Mr. Borton is in that vehicle and we believe him to be a suspect in this crime.”

This is reportedly not the first time Borton has been wanted by the law.

“Mr. Borton is wanted by Grand Rapids police on a two-count felony warrant for felonious assault and for shooting into a building,” Schuette said. “We’re very concerned about Mr. Borden. We believe him to be armed and dangerous and we’re asking the public for assistance in locating him.”

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Some family members did not want to go on camera, but they say the men were the patriarchs of their families.

Police still do not have a motive in mind. All of that remains under investigation. As more details come to light, we’ll keep you updated on this developing story.

If you come across Borton, do not approach him. Instead, call 911 immediately or the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 517-768-7931.


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