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BELLEVILLE, MI – On Saturday, August 15th, 2020, Sumpter Township Police responded to a quadruple homicide scene at a residence in the 24000 block of Martinsville. Officers found two males and two females, all in their 30’s dead of apparent gunshot wounds. A Crime Scene Response Team from the Michigan State Police Forensic Division was requested and arrived shortly after that to assist.

The victims are identified as Laura and Sarah Tanner, and brothers Neil and Forrest Sampson. All 4 victims were found inside of the residence shot to death.

Detectives identified 37-year-old Raymond Lee Bailey, of Sumpter Township, the ex-boyfriend of one of the females, as a suspect and obtained information that he had fled North, possibly heading to the Upper Peninsula. A short time later, detectives were made aware that he had allegedly confessed to the killings to several people via telephone and texts.

Detectives were able to begin tracking him as he fled North and located his vehicle abandoned near Bay City. Sumpter Police has worked through the night with authorities in that area to attempt to find him, and a statewide BOL is active. The search is ongoing.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Sumpter Township Police Department detective bureau at 734-461-4833, option 4.

A Go Fund Me account has been established to assist the families with funeral expenses.If you would like to contribute to that fund, please Click Here.

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