TroyAugust 10, 2012
Police recover body believed to be missing cyclist in cornfield
By Terry Oparka
C & G Staff Writer
Police recovered a body believed to be Patrick Mikes Sr. several feet inside the edge of a cornfield on Morrish Road in Montrose Township, near Flint, at 11 a.m. Aug. 10.
Troy police Capt. Bob Redmond said police from multiple jurisdictions, including police and firefighters from Montrose Township, along with citizens and members of the press searched for Mikes’ body for more than 13 hours Aug. 9. Redmond said police ended the search that evening at 7:30 p.m., just 30 feet from where the body was later discovered. He said police conducted an exhaustive search over a 25-square-mile area after receiving tips that a car matching the suspect vehicle was spotted slowly cruising in that area July 29.
Mikes’ son, 21-year-old Patrick Mikes Jr., a college student and University of Detroit Jesuit High School honors graduate with no prior criminal record, was charged with the murder of his father and denied bond Aug. 9 in 52-4 District Court.
Mikes Jr., formerly enrolled at the University of Notre Dame and at home on summer break, was arraigned in Troy after examination of extensive evidence police found in his home, as well as DNA testing by the Michigan State Police. Police would not state what the specific evidence was. He pleaded not guilty.
Redmond would not comment on the condition of the body other than to say it was not buried. A bike that matched the description of Mikes’ missing bike was found 15 feet from the body. The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office will confirm the identification of the body. Redmond noted that police continued to search for the body after the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office had authorized an arrest warrant for Mikes Jr. on open murder based on evidence in the basement of the Mikes’ home.
“We met the burden. We did not need the body to continue. We kept searching because it was the right thing to do,” Redmond said.
“Clearly the scene of the altercation was the basement,” Redmond said. “There is no evidence that anybody else was involved, although we haven’t ruled that out.”
Mikes Jr. lived in the basement of the home on Homewood, in the Long Lake and Adams area, and initially told police that his father left the home on his bicycle at 5:30 p.m. July 27. Mikes’ younger son, 16, initially told police the same thing, but upon later police questioning recanted and said he’d last seen his father the evening of July 26.
The younger son “assumed he’d left on a bike ride. He didn’t see him leave,” Redmond said.
The elder Mikes did not show up for work July 27, Redmond said, and his sons did not call police until the morning of July 29.
Mikes Jr. was arraigned on three counts of credit card fraud Aug. 1 in 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills. He pleaded not guilty. Redmond said that Mike Jr. had used his younger brother’s credit card without his permission at Great Lakes Crossing July 26. The younger son is not a suspect, Redmond said.
Mikes Jr.’s bond for the financial charges was set at $50,000/cash surety. His grandparents posted bond on those charges, and police arrested him on the murder charge the evening of Aug. 8. He remains in the Oakland County Jail awaiting his preliminary exam on the murder charge, set for Aug. 27. His attorney, Christopher Andreoff, had no comment following the arraignment.
Judge William Bolle denied bond on the murder charge, although Andreoff said that Mikes Jr. was not a flight risk and had been out on bond on the credit card fraud charges for six days.
Andreoff said Mikes Jr.’s grandparents would post the bond for the murder charge.
Oakland County Prosecutor Ken Frazee said Bolle was correct to deny bond because of the very violent crime scene, and evidence that Mikes Jr. disposed of the body and tried to clean up the scene.
“He could be seen as a flight risk,” he said.
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