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May 1, 2014

UPDATE: Two bodies found in Antrim County

MANCELONA — Two men were found dead inside a tent in rural Custer Township.

Antrim County Sheriff Dan Bean said he can't say whether deputies have an idea about the bodies' identities. He's waiting for forensic autopsies to be completed Friday in Grand Rapids.

"It will hopefully give us a positive identification of the two gentlemen," he said. "Hopefully, we'll have better information Monday or Tuesday."

Bean said people looking for shedded deer antlers came across the tent Wednesday about 8 p.m. in a rural area near Doerr Road. He said the bodies show no obvious signs of foul play or other indications how they died.

"I have no idea," he said.

The tent didn't contain any firearms or hunting equipment. Bean said it also didn't show any signs that the men died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

"There was nothing in the tent to show that," he said.

Investigators believe the bodies' condition indicated they were in the tent since the fall. Bean said he didn't know the ages of the men.

Chad Pastotnik, who lives nearby, said authorities closed Doerr Road late Wednesday. He said the woods near the Cedar River are thick, but it's still a shock that the bodies remained undiscovered for so long.

"I'm a little surprised, but in other ways not surprised at all," he said.

Bean said Antrim County didn't have any reported missing persons in the past six or eight months. He said people with information should call 231-533-8627 extension 1.

"If anybody knows of someone missing for (an) extended period of time that would help us," he said.

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