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Two Osceola County residents charged in Cadillac murder case

Michael Hayes from LeRoy and Katelynne Hendricks from Tustin. Booking Photo courtesy of the Michigan State Police.

Jordan Wilcox
Assistant Publisher

45-year-old Michael Peter Hayes from LeRoy, and 18-year-old Katelynne Jonelle Hendricks from Tustin, have been formally charged with multiple felonies, after the burnt body of their missing roommate was unearthed at his Cadillac residence.
On Tuesday, February 20th, the Michigan State Police (MSP) Cadillac Post was contacted about the disappearance of Michael Hague.
During their initial search of his Cedar Creek Township property, troopers located an area behind the residence “where the ground had been recently disturbed.”
Detectives obtained a search warrant for the property on February 23rd, and located Hague’s truck, phone, dog, and other personal items at his house, as well as “large chunks of burnt wood, tires, remnants of burnt clothing, and a piece of apparent flesh,” said the state police.
Further search warrants were obtained, and MSP’s Grayling Crime Lab was enlisted to excavate the suspicious area.
The excavation uncovered a badly burnt body, which after an autopsy at the Western Michigan University Department of Pathology, was determined to indeed be Hague’s.
MSP’s Computer Crimes Unit was also brought in to search Hague’s phone and a DVR system found at the residence.
Coincidentally, his two roommates, Hayes and Hendricks, were already in different jails for unrelated drug crimes. MSP quickly named them as suspects in Hague’s murder, and the 84th District Court formally charged them with multiple felonies on Tuesday.
Prosecutors allege that Michael Hayes shot and killed Michael Hague sometime between February 12th and February 14th, then proceeded to mutilate and bury his body.
According to 9&10, Prosecutors also say that Hayes told a friend that “he may have to leave the area and may not return,” and that he told another person that he “needed help getting his favorite piece from the scene.”
At Tuesday’s arraignment, Hayes was charged with the following felonies.
One count of first-degree premeditated homicide
One count of felony firearms
One count of disinterment and mutilation of a dead body
One count of concealing the death of an individual
One count of removing dead body without medical examiner
He remains in custody without bond.
As an accomplice to Hague’s murder, Katelynne Hendricks was charged with one count of accessory after the fact to a felony, and one count of concealing the death of an individual. She’s being held on $500,000 bond.

2 Replies to “Two Osceola County residents charged in Cadillac murder case

    1. He’s only been charged with the crime. Not sentenced. So the years he will serve hasn’t been determined yet.

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