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Sexual Assault Suspect wanted in Portage Commits Suicide

PORTAGE, MI – A Sexual assault suspect who had been wanted by authorities in Portage has committed suicide.Fred Thomas Garnish

In a new release authorities  state that on November 8th, 2014, the body of Fred Garnish was found by hunters in a heavily wooded area of Oceana County. Garnish was located in his vehicle and had died from an apparent suicide.

He had not been seen since Monday, Oct. 13th, 2014 and officials say he was making suicidal statements at that time.

The 28-year-old sexual assault suspect was reported missing Monday, October 20th, 2014 by the Portage Department of Public Safety and a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

He failed to appear for a court hearing in Ottawa County regarding the sexual assault charge.

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