Sheila Bonge, 59, was last seen by family members on Sunday, Dec. 24, at her home in the 14000 block of 104th Avenue, according to police. She was contacted by phone at about 2 p.m. Christmas Day, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office reported.
The Sheriff’s Office issued a missing person alert early Thursday afternoon asking the public to be on the lookout for Bonge.
Deputies located Bonge’s body in a wooded area near her home early Thursday evening, Sgt. Jay Douglas of the Sheriff’s Office reported late Thursday night.
“Her death is suspicious at this point, and the investigation is ongoing,” Douglas said. “And this case remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.”
Deputies spent most of Thursday at Bonge’s home, which is set far off a gravel road, searching the area with tracking dogs, according to a WOOD-TV report. Capt. John Wolffis of the Sheriff’s Office told the TV station that there was no obvious signs of injury, but that they are looking into the possibility of foul play.
According to the WOOD-TV report, Bonge’s family told detectives that she would have had no reason to be back in the woods and wasn’t prone to wandering away.