Man found dead behind Ypsilanti Twp. Walmart

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News
Alven Newsome

Washtenaw County Sheriff’s officials are seeking tips to find relatives of a man found dead near an Ypsilanti Township Walmart this week.

Deputies were called to the store on Ellsworth Road about 2:30 p.m. Monday in Ypsilanti Township after remains were found in a wooded area behind the shopping center, authorities said in a statement.

Authorities identified Alven Newsome, who appeared to have been living in the area for some time, the release said.

“There were no signs of foul play, and at this stage we believe he may have died of natural causes,” investigators said. “Although we have been able to identify Mr. Newsome, we have not been able to locate any known family members.”

Newsome’s last known address was in Ann Arbor. He is described as a 49-year-old white man with green eyes and gray hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (734) 994-2911 or its confidential tip line at (734) 973-7711. Anonymous tips also can be submitted through Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK UP.