UPDATE: Future superintendent, son found dead in Montcalm Co.

(Photo: Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools)

UPDATE (4:21p.m.) – Autopsies performed at Lansing Sparrow Hospital on 6/20/17 confirmed the identities of the deceased subjects as George Heckman and Grant Heckman of Westphalia.

Preliminary autopsy results revealed that both George and Grant Heckman died of gunshot wounds and evidence indicates that George Heckman’s wound was self-inflicted.

At this time the investigation is ongoing and is currently being investigated as a murder-suicide.

We will have more on this as we learn it.

UPDATE (8:25 a.m.) – The Michigan State Police say they are investigating what led to the deaths of a Pewamo school principal and his adult son.

52-year-old George Heckman and his 28-year-old son Grant were found unresponsive in a van parked on a dirt road in Bushnell Township in Montcalm County.

The search for the two men began when a missing persons report was issued by Clinton County Sheriff’s Department Monday night.

The cause of death has not yet been determined and autopsies will be conducted at Sparrow Hospital.

WESTPHALIA, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan State Police are investigating the deaths of an elementary school principal and his son, who were found in Montcalm County.

Pewamo-Westphalia Superintendent Dr. Garth Cooper said Pewamo Elementary principal George Heckman and his son were found unresponsive in a vehicle in Carson City around 7:45 p.m. Monday.

Cooper said when Heckman didn’t show up at a 7 p.m. board meeting, the search for him intensified.

Circumstances surrounding the deaths are unclear.

Heckman, 52, was supposed to take over as superintendent of Pewamo-Westphalia schools in 10 days, Cooper told 24 Hour News 8.

He has been principal of the Pewamo Elementary School for about 20 years. He was a native of the area, and graduated from Pewamo-Westphalia.

In a message posted on school doors, the district said grief counselors will be available throughout the day Tuesday. The district said its driver’s education, basketball camp, cheer practice, and volleyball practice are all canceled.

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