Missing Rochester Hills man found deceased in Shelby Township

By: Sarah Wojcik | C&G Newspapers | Published February 20, 2018

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At approximately 9:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, the Shelby Township Police Department took a report of a body discovered by individuals who were riding an ATV near a gravel pit at Hixson and Barclay avenues, near Dequindre and Auburn roads, in Shelby Township.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, Feb. 20, police confirmed the identity of the body as Joshua Clark, a Rochester Hills resident in his mid-40s who had been missing since Feb. 2.

Police said detectives and evidence technicians responded to the area and worked through the night.

Detectives from Shelby Township and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office are now working together on the investigation, and the body was sent to the Macomb County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death.

Police said it was unclear how long the body had been there.

Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide said he was hopeful to have more information about the case within the next 48 hours.

“Our community has nothing to worry about at this time,” he said during an impromptu Feb. 20 press conference. “If they do, I’ll make sure they’re notified immediately.”

Shelide told C & G Newspapers that there was no connection between the body found Feb. 19 this year and the bodies of two men found on two separate days in February of last year in the same general area.

“We would never hide anything like this. We wouldn’t conceal it. If there was anything to connect, we would have connected it,” he said. “We did autopsies and full investigations on the previous two.”

He said there was no foul play involved in the first two deaths, and that the last one remains under investigation, so he could not talk about it on the record.

“I don’t know what is attracting them over to that area,” Shelide said. “I don’t know. There’s no serial killer.”

Police ask that anyone with information regarding Clark’s disappearance or death contact Detective Lt. Jason Schmittler, of the Shelby Township Police Department, at (586) 731-2121, ext. 315, or Oakland County Sheriff’s Detective David Schroeder at (248) 537-3513.