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Blackman Township, Mich. — Authorities say a suburban Detroit man has been found dead following a minivan fire in Jackson County that’s being investigated as suspicious.

The Blackman-Leoni Township Department of Public Safety says 53-year-old Michael Alan Budds of Redford Township died in the fire last Thursday.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports that officers extinguished a fire reported about 7:40 p.m. that day and found Budds dead inside the badly burned vehicle. The cause of the fire is under investigation and authorities say the minivan appeared to be stuck in the snow.

Public safety Director Michael Jester says in a statement that Budds owned the house and was in the process of fixing it up so he could move there.

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