EDWARDS Twp. – The Michigan State Police (MSP) West Branch Post and Ogemaw County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a stabbing incident which led to the death of Douglas Hotham, 52.

Police say troopers were dispatched at about 10:38 a.m. on Feb. 18 to an address in the 5500 block of Patterson Street – located in Ogemaw County’s Edwards Township – regarding a stabbing.

Hotham was a residence of the home, and was reported to have died at the scene.

According to MSP Sgt. Mike Brown, investigation indicates that an argument developed regarding residency within the home. The argument evolved into a physical altercation, which led to the victim being stabbed.

“Further information regarding specifics cannot be released at this time as it is an active investigation,” he advised.

The MSP notes that all parties directly involved in the incident were identified and interviewed by detectives the day of the event.

Brown stated at press time that, while an arrest has not been made, the occurrence was an isolated event and the community at large is not in danger.

“An arrest has not been made, although the Ogemaw County Prosecutor’s Office has been involved from the outset of the complaint,” Brown reports.

“The Prosecuting Attorney has the ultimate responsibility to determine if charges will be issued regarding this incident. MSP Detectives, in conjunction with the Ogemaw County Sheriff’s Office, are actively investigating this complaint and are working closely with the prosecutor’s office in that regard,” he added.

“It is understandable that the community has expressed an interest in this investigation, but MSP would like to remind the community this is a complex investigation regarding the loss of a life,” Brown said.

He reiterated that the MSP and sheriff’s office are working diligently on the investigation and, as with any criminal investigation, it will be submitted to the prosecuting attorney’s office for review upon completion.

When responding to the incident, the MSP was assisted on the scene by members of the sheriff’s office and additional detectives from the MSP Tri-City Post. The MSP Bridgeport Crime Laboratory responded to process the scene. 

Anyone with further information about the case may contact staff at the MSP West Branch Post by dialing 989-345-0955.