Source: MEGA; Kalamazoo County Sheriff

Feb. 25 2021, Updated 10:46 a.m. ET

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 A man is charged with murdering his parents after their bodies were unearthed in a hunting area by cadaver dogs in Michigan, media outlets reported. 

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Portage (Michigan) police checked on the welfare of a couple in their 60’s after one of them didn’t report to work for several days. On Feb. 9, officers went to Gary and Laura Johnson's home and tried to speak to the people inside. 

Officers walked around the home and became suspicious. It was then they forced their way inside, according to Portage police. 

Officers could not find the Johnsons inside the home, but saw “signs of violence,” according to Portage police. 

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Portage is south of Kalamazoo in the western part of the state. 

Days later, Gary and Laura Johnson’s remains were found in the woods, according to MLive. Police then charged the couple’s son, Nicholas Alexander Johnson, 27, with their murders. Officials from Portage police did not respond to FrontPageDetectives in time for this report for more information.

Police found Nicolas hiding in a storage shed at an apartment complex about a mile from his parents’ home, according to WWMT. He had a pistol and ammunition.

Gary Johnson’s older brother David Johnson told MLive that the couple had had problems with Nicholas from the time he was 4 years old.

“From the first time I heard they were much as I wanted to believe otherwise, the rational part of me understood it was pretty much leading to something like this,” David Johnson told the news organization. 


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