Update to I-96 Murder-Suicide in Ionia County

BOSTON TOWNSHIP, MI – An update was issued today concerning the tragic murder-suicide that took place along I-96 in Ionia County.

On January 6th, 2018, an Ionia County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to the report of a motorist assist on I-96 near Nash Hwy in Boston Township. When the deputy arrived on scene at 10:01pm, the Deputy discovered a parked silver Chevrolet Equinox with the liftgate and passenger side doors opened, two deceased victims off the roadway on the shoulder side, and a third victim was found inside the vehicle with a severe gunshot injury.

The Deputy rendered aid to the victim until other officers and first responders arrived on scene. The two subjects found outside the car were pronounced dead at the scene from gunshot wounds and were later identified as David Alexander Somers, 50 years old and Lisa Kaye Somers, 50 years old both from Kaleva, Michigan. David and Lisa were husband and wife.

The survivor found in the car is being treated at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital and is the daughter of Lisa Somers. The victims of this case were returning home from a vacation and were picked up by David at the Gerald R. Ford International airport in Grand Rapids and were enroute to the Midland area.

The living victim found in the car is identified as Amedy Dewey, 18 of Kaleva, MI. Dewey was treated at the scene by Life EMS and the Saranac Fire Department before being transported by ambulance to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. Dewey remains in critical, but stable condition at this time.

The night of the incident David and Lisa Somers residences was checked by Manistee County Sheriff’s Office deputies to make sure no other victims existed. No one was found home at the residences when it was checked. Investigators continue to have contact with family and other law enforcement agencies to determine details of this tragic event. There is no clear motive at this time of what prompted this violent incident, and Ionia County Sheriff’s Office Detectives continue to investigate the case.

The Michigan State Police, Lakeview Post assisted at the scene, and helped close a portion of eastbound I-96 near mile marker 59 as Sheriff’s Detectives investigated this shooting and collected evidence. The highway reopened at 1:40am.

Assisting on this scene was the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the Saranac Fire Department, Life EMS, Lehman Funeral Homes, and Reed and Hoppes Towing.

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