Autopsies may provide answers in deaths of parents, baby from Bay City

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The Ogemaw Sheriff's Department is hoping an autopsy sheds light on what happened to a Bay City couple and their infant son after their bodies were discovered over the weekend in northern Michigan, about 175 miles north of Detroit.

Amanda Pomeroy, 32, her 35-year-old boyfriend Douglas Dougherty and their 7-month-old son, Jacob, were found dead Saturday around 4:20 p.m. on Stoney Ridge Road in Rose City outside their disabled pickup truck, which "hung up" on a boulder. The three were clothed but not wearing shoes, Ogemaw Undersheriff Paul Frechette said Tuesday.

Amanda Pomeroy, 32, her 35-year-old boyfriend Douglas Dougherty and their 7-month-old son, Jacob, were found dead Saturday around 4:20 p.m. on Stoney Ridge Road in Rose City outside their disabled pickup truck, which "hung up" on a boulder.

A snowmobiler found their bodies outside the truck, a silver 2006 Chevy Silverado, nearly two weeks after they were last seen visiting family near Rose City. 

The area where they were found is wooded and far from homes or other residential areas.

"It's still an active investigation," Frechette said.

Douglas Dougherty's parents, Michael and Shirley Dougherty, told WJRT-TV, Flint, in an interview shortly after the couple's disappearance that they were at a loss for words. 

”It’s so weird. He would never do this. Not call for seven days. Ever.”

The Bay City Department of Public Safety reported the couple missing Jan. 16.

”It’s been horrible. We haven’t been able to sleep. We haven’t been able to do anything. We’ve been on the road, going to different places trying to locate them, and it’s just we haven’t slept,” Shirley Dougherty said.

Police say the couple was last seen in the Standish-Sterling area on Jan. 12.

Meanwhile, relatives of the Bay City couple have launched a fundraiser to help their family.

"We hope to raise enough to cover the funeral costs so this family doesn't have to worry about that along with their grieving," the organizer wrote on GoFundMe on Sunday. As of Tuesday, donors had given $5,000 to the fund.

The remaining funds would go to another relative to build a room for the couple's surviving daughter, according to the post.

Last week, Dougherty's mother told the Flint station they couple had dropped off the 9-year-old girl at a friend’s house in Sterling on Jan. 12 and did not reach out in the following days. She also told the station they had a history of drug use.

In a Facebook message posted Sunday, Kimberly Dougherty, another relative, said the couple and Jacob were "found as angels."

"Please give the family time to (accept) and grieve at this time," she wrote. "Thank you everyone for searching (and) passing out fliers."

A funeral was expected to be held in West Branch on Thursday, Kimberly Dougherty wrote.

Associated Press contributed.

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