TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City police investigators identified their first person of interest in their investigation into the killing of a homeless man last week.
Two police detectives traveled west to search a home in Carmichael, California — a suburb east of Sacramento — while police searched a condominium on Newport Street in Traverse City, on Wednesday afternoon.
Both homes have ties to a man investigators identified as a person of interest in the murder of James Chisholm last week, said police Capt. Jim Bussell.
Police looked for evidence, but didn't confirm what they looked for, nor whether any items were seized, he said.
"It's still an ongoing investigation and I don't want to jeopardize the investigation," Bussell said.
The person of interest was in Traverse City at the time of Chisholm's death, Bussell said. Officers found the 62-year-old man dead with a slashed throat just feet away from a tent pitched between the Boardman Lake Trail and the lake itself May 29. Walkers hiked off the trail and down to the water, spotting his body and calling 911 at 4:40 p.m.
Bussell suspects Chisholm's body had been there between 8 and 24 hours before being discovered not far from the intersection of Centre Place and Sheffer Street.
"Whoever did this is capable of violence and I would consider that a danger to everyone," Bussell said.
He declined to confirm whether the two men knew each other.
It appears Chisholm had been in Traverse City for about three weeks prior to his death, he said. Investigators found Chisholm's past addresses include Flint, Davison and Novi, as well as Oregon, Washington and Tennessee.
Bussell said tips led authorities to search both homes. Grand Traverse County sheriff's detectives and a police K-9 team and crime scene investigation unit assisted with the local search. Sacramento County sheriff's homicide investigators helped in Carmichael.
Police know where the man is, but no arrest warrants had been filed by Thursday morning, Bussell said, adding that officers continue processing several additional search warrants.
"We continue to look at tips when they come in," Bussell said. "We're certainly not closing the investigation."
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