Couple in their 60s missing from Kalamazoo-area home

Associated Press

Portage, Mich. – Police checking on a Kalamazoo-area man who didn’t report to work online put yellow tape around the property and brought shovels to the backyard.

Gary and Laura Johnson, both in their mid-60s, were not at their Portage home Tuesday, but officers immediately were suspicious.

Portage police investigate a missing persons case in Portage, Mich. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. Police checking on a Kalamazoo-area man, who didn't report to work online, put yellow tape around the property.

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“They did find evidence of what appeared to them to be some sort of violent action or something that worried about their safety, so with that information we decided to treat the house as a crime scene,” public safety Director Nick Armold said Wednesday.

Earlier, Armold said there was no “rational explanation” about the couple’s whereabouts. He declined to discuss what was found in the house or the activity with shovels.

Portage police investigate the backyard of a home in Portage, Mich. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021.

The couple’s 27-year-old son, who has a criminal record, was arrested on weapons charges at a local apartment building where Laura Johnson’s car was also found, prosecutors said in court.

Another vehicle belonging to the Johnsons was found at the house.