Body of deceased male identified

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published March 13, 2014

 Scott Nacy

Scott Nacy

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Detectives with the Michigan State Police Metro Post have identified the deceased man whose body was found on the Selfridge Air National Guard Base March 13.

Reports indicate that Fair Haven resident Scott Nacy, 22, likely froze to death after he disappeared while out celebrating his birthday with friends.

Witnesses report that Nacy was with friends at the Traffic Light, a bar in Mount Clemens’ industrial area on Joy Road, when he exited the establishment to smoke. That’s when he was last seen.

A military employee discovered Nacy’s body at approximately 7:30 a.m. inside the west perimeter fence of the base.

In a press release, state police say that it appears Nacy climbed a barbed wire fence near Irwin in Harrison Township and attempted to gain access to a building and vehicles in an effort to get out of the cold, investigators reported. The temperature that night was reportedly around 7 degrees.

A determination of the cause of death is still pending from the medical examiner’s office, but it appears the victim became disoriented in the cold and succumbed to the elements, according to investigators. No foul play is suspected, and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the death.

Though Nacy did not have his wallet or a cellphone with him, he was ultimately identified due to information gathered at the scene by state police.

A base-wide lockdown was briefly ordered immediately after Nacy’s body was discovered.

While military officials normally do not comment on specific security measures, 127th Wing Cmdr. Col. Philip Sheridan ordered increased security measures on the base as a result of the incident.

“The safety and security of our military personnel, our civilian employees and those on the base on government business is of paramount concern,” said Sheridan in a prepared statement.