Missing Man Is Found Dead
Raymond Brooks’ Death Attributed To Exposure
The body of Raymond P. Brooks, 73, retired real estate man who had been missing from his home at 518 Packard St. since March 16, was found yesterday afternoon in a field about a mile east of Saline on US-112.
Coroner Edwin C. Ganzhorn said Brooks apparently died of exposure. He said the body probably had lain in the field for about two weeks.
Ganzhorn, however, ordered a post-mortem to determine the exact cause of death.
Farmer Emanuel Hertler, of Route 2, Saline, discovered the body about 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon when he went into the field to chceck a drain. The field is on a farm owned by Hertler’s brother, Alfred Hertler.
Sheriff’s deputies took the body to the Lockwood Funeral Home in Saline, where a daughter of Brooks, Mrs. Fay Putnam, identified it. It then was brought to the Muehlig Chapel here.
Apparently Became Exhausted
Brooks was lying in a corner of the field at a spot where two fences came together, about a mile from the Hertler farmhouse. Deputies said he apparently became exhausted in an attempt to get around the fences and dropped there.
A $100 reward had been posted for news of his whereabouts. His wife, Mrs. Allie Brooks had told police that she last saw him on March 16, walking north on tracks of the Ann Arbor Railroad near the station.
She said her husband had been “mentally ill.”
Several days later, after the report of Brooks’ disappearance had been given publicity, a motorist, Chester Janiszewski, of 507 E. Ann St., told police that he had given a ride to a man answering Brooks’ description on the night of March 16.
He told officers that he drove the man as far as a house in the 2900 block of the Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Janizewski told officers that he had an errand at the house, so he let the man out after turning into the drive.