Two Communities Look For Answers After Mysterious Death of U of M Med Student

Posted at 3:04 AM, Jul 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-26 06:17:29-04

SCHOOLCRAFT, Mich. – Paul DeWolf grew up in Schoolcraft, but the 25-year-old medical student was attending the University of Michigan when he was found dead at his apartment on Wednesday.

Ann Arbor police are calling it a homicide, and DeWolf’s death has left two communities in shock.

Students in Ann Arbor are uneasy about the mystery surrounding the investigation.  In West Michigan, people are asking how it could have happened to someone like Paul.

Cindy Fleck, a neighbor of the DeWolf family, said there is no mystery to why Paul was so well-liked. “He was a star on the cross country team,” she said.  “I always saw him walking up and down the road, running up and down the road … (He) played with all the neighbor kids. Great guy.”

How this healthy medical student and active member of U.S. Air force suddenly died is a mystery.

“We are all in shock,” Fleck said.

According to Ann Arbor Police, DeWolf never showed up at Veteran’s Hospital for work.  Someone went to check on him and found DeWolf dead in his apartment.

At his home in Schoolcraft, Fleck can’t help but think of the boy whom she watched grow up and look after her daughter.

“On the school bus especially,” she said.  “Being in Schoolcraft, we had one school bus run so you had kindergartners with 12th graders. He wouldn’t let any of the other kids pick on anyone else.”

No one was at the DeWolf’s home in Schoolcraft on Thursday afternoon.  Neighbors saID they are leaning on their faith to get them through this difficult time.

Police are looking for help with the investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to Crimestoppers in Ann Arbor at 1-800-SPEAK UP.