Luke Eaves found dead in Newaygo County

NEWAYGO COUNTY — The body of a missing man from Newaygo County was found Thursday afternoon, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound according to sheriff’s officials.

Luke Eaves, 40, was reported missing Friday night.

Volunteer searchers located his pickup truck on Thursday in a wooded area near 6 Mile Road and Baldwin Avenue in Newaygo County. His body was located a short distance from the truck. The incident remains under investigation pending an autopsy.

He was reported missing by his wife, Karla, after she hadn’t heard from him Friday night.

He went to work Friday, but Karla did not see him when she returned from work. She had to return back to work later that night. After returning home again, she still hadn’t heard from him. She said he didn’t get the mail and it looked like he hadn’t fed their horses.

She text messaged him that she was home and he didn’t respond. She sent a message again later that night asking when he would be home and he didn’t respond again.

She spoke with police that night and expressed her concern but said she wasn’t completely alarmed at that point. Karla and Eaves had discussed their weekend plans — he considered going camping — and she thought maybe there was a miscommunication and he indeed decided to go camping.

On Saturday, Karla learned others hadn’t seen him and that he missed work.