Wanted man in Saginaw County murder case found dead in area park


SAGINAW, MI – A man from Saginaw wanted for murder in 2019 and the murder of a woman on Thursday January 7 has been found dead.

At around 11:30 a.m. Friday, police entered Wickes Park Drive in Saginaw and discovered the body of 25-year-old Joseph T. Black. Black had suffered several gunshot wounds and investigators are treating the death as homicide, Michigan State Police Lt. Lizabeth Rich said.

Police did not identify any suspects in the shooting, and Rich could not disclose further details.

At around 9 p.m. the day before, the Saginaw Major Crime Unit released a statement saying it was seeking the public’s help in finding Black. In addition to a 2019 murder warrant, Black was wanted for the shooting of a 26-year-old woman that took place Thursday around 3:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Brockway Road in Saginaw.

The woman was left in critical condition.

Black has been wanted since authorities issued an open arrest warrant against him on January 29, 2020. This warrant stems from the homicide of Richard L. Townsend Jr., 26, who was found by gunshot outside a residence in Block 3100. from Mysylvia Drive. in Buena Vista Township on December 9, 2019.

If Black’s mode of death is considered homicide, it will be the second in Saginaw County so far this year. The first was that of 22-year-old Jamel J. Lynn, who was found shot dead in a vehicle in the Wilkins and Elsie Street neighborhood in Spaulding Township on the night of January 5.

Michigan State Police also shot dead John R. Neitling, 40, as they executed a high-risk search warrant at a Chesaning residence early Thursday morning.

Saginaw County recorded 30 homicides in 2020, 26 of which occurred within the city limits of Saginaw. The city also had one death following a shooting involving police, which prosecutors said was justified.

Police are asking anyone with information related to Black’s death to call them at 989-759-1289 or, to remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-422-5245.

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