Man arrested in May death of homeless camper
Traverse City – An 18-year-old man is in custody in the slaying of a homeless man whose body was found by hikers near a Traverse City lake.
Police say Joshua Vandehoef turned himself in early Wednesday. He’s charged with murder in the death of 62-year-old James Chisholm , whose throat was slashed.
Vandehoef appeared in court by video and jailed without bond.
Defense attorney Jesse Williams said he was contacted Tuesday evening by prosecutors. Williams than contacted Vandehoef who he said was arrested without incident.
Chisholm’s body was found May 29, about 15 yards (13 meters) from Boardman Lake. He had been living in a tent. Police believe he had been in the area about three weeks.
TV station WWTV, citing court documents, says Vandehoef admitted his role to someone on Snapchat and said he walked home and washed blood off himself.