Second Missing Man Sought in Investigation of Suspicious Crash

Social IssuesFrank Baker

Police are now looking for a second missing man in connection with a bizarre car accident that is turning into a major case investigation.

Police tellFOX 17 that the second missing man as Michael VanBuskirk, 38, from Battle Creek, and that he was familiar with the suspect in this case, Harold James Ordway, 41, also of Battle Creek.

After the two-car accident in Allegan County, police and witnesses noticed a lot of blood and a bloody mattress in the bed of a pickup truck and began asking questions.

The crash happened in Gun Plain Township around 9:00 a.m. last Friday morning at the intersection of M-89 and 8th Street just west of Plainwell. Police say Ordway made a U-turn in the middle of M-89 and hit another car.

Jeremy Weitting, who was driving the vehicle that collided with Ordway, said Ordway’s turn was aggressive. "As I struck his vehicle, I could kind of see his face, and he wasn't even looking at traffic."

Ordway was arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and is being held in the Allegan County jail on $500,000 dollars bond.

Detectives and evidence technicians on the scene saw what appeared to be blood in the back of Ordway's truck. Ordway was unable to provide a satisfactory explanation of the suspicious evidence.

Weitting says he saw Ordway cover a blood stain on the mattress with the sleeping bag.

The focus shifted to Barry County on Saturday when deputies were searching for evidence of a traumatic incident in the area of Manning Lake Road near Bristol Road.

Police say they did not find anything during their search efforts Saturday.

The Barry County Sheriff's Office is also trying to locate Paul F. Atchley, 53. Anyone who has seen him or knows his whereabouts should call the Barry County Sheriff's Department at (269) 948-4801.

"Our understanding is that he was sleeping in the back of that truck from time to time, so our concern is something happened to him there on Manning Lake Road,"  Sheriff Dar Leaf of Barry County said.

“We’re trying to determine if somebody was injured or perhaps worse in that vehicle,” Lt. Frank Baker of the Allegan County Sheriff's Office said of Saturday's crash.

Ordway's vehicle is described as a 1996 Toyota Tacoma white pickup truck with a blue stripe and a white cap.  The vehicle had been traveling westbound on M-89 before the crash and may have been coming from the Delton area. It is currently in police possession.

Weitting suffered minor injuries.

Neighbor of Ordway, Allan Abels, says Ordway is a nice guy, "We talked down here a couple of times, he would come down while we were mowing the grass and talk about things he wanted to do to the house.”

According to the Michigan Department of Corrections, Ordway served 1 year, 6 months in prison for assault with a dangerous weapon (felonious assault) and resisting and obstructing an officer for an offense that took place on Jan. 16, 2007. He was released from prison on April 30, 2009.

Detectives are asking anyone with information about the suspect, his vehicle, or his activities, to contact the Allegan County Central Dispatch at 269.673.3899 or Silent Observer at 1-855- SILENT-O.

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