MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — The chief of a mid-Michigan Indian tribe says a 4-year-old boy missing for a week who was found buried under his home "didn't have time to grow up."
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal chief Dennis Kequom spoke to hundreds of people gathered Thursday night at a vigil for Carnel Chamberlain. Family spokesman Kevin Chamberlain says the child's body was found earlier in the day under a wood porch or deck at his family's home on the reservation in Isabella County, 70 miles north of Lansing.
Carnel disappeared June 21 while in the care of his mother's boyfriend. Police have said the boyfriend wasn't very cooperative during the search.
Tribal police had been leading the investigation. On Thursday, they referred calls to the FBI, whose spokesmen have so far declined to comment.