Victim in homicide investigation identified.

March 17, 2022

Victim in homicide investigation identified.

Kenneth Lee Schweitzer, 71, was found dead Wednesday evening in a Hamlin Township home following a reported stabbing.

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HAMLIN TOWNSHIP — The 71-year-old Ludington man who was found dead at a Maple Street home Wednesday evening, March 16, has been identified by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office as Kenneth Lee Schweitzer.

Police are investigating Schweitzer’s death as a homicide, said Mason County Undersheriff Derrek Wilson.

“Mason County detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence located at 6937 W. Maple St. (in what is known as Hamlin Lake Estates) in Hamlin Township,” said Undersheriff Wilson. “Sheriff’s office staff worked through the night with the Michigan State Police Crime Lab processing the scene for evidence. Detectives have been working diligently with interviews of those involved.  

“It is important to note that our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by this tragedy. More details will be released as they become available,” said Wilson.   

A 35-year-old Ludington man was arrested in connection to the murder following a foot chase.

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“On March 16, 2022 at approximately 7:18 p.m., Mason/Oceana Dispatch Center received a 911 call,” stated Undersheriff Wilson. “It was reported that a subject had been stabbed at an address in the 6000 block of West Maple Street within Hamlin Township… The caller also reported that one male suspect fled the scene on foot. 

“Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene at approximately 7:27 p.m. Shortly after arriving, a 71-year-old Ludington man was found deceased inside the residence.    

“At approximately 7:48 p.m., deputies located a male subject matching the description of the suspect in the area of Culver Road and Sixth Street,” said the undersheriff. “Upon making contact, the subject fled on foot into a wooded area. After a short foot pursuit, deputies were able to take the subject into custody. He is described as a 35-year-old Ludington man and is currently lodged at the Mason County Jail on resisting and opposing a police officer charge. 

“The victim’s cause of death is unknown at this time, pending autopsy. The incident is being investigated as a homicide.” 

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