Family mourns man’s death as police continue to investigate

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:21 am on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Jonathon Bodman

BELDING — Tammy McAllister recently enjoyed a visit with her son, Jonathon Bodman, his fiancée and their young son.

McAllister didn’t know it would be the last time she would see Bodman alive.

Bodman, 31, of Orleans, was found by a group of children Friday night near a walking path that traverses the woods between the Jaclyn apartment complex and the Brentwood apartment complex on the northwest side of Belding. Bodman may have been dead for two of three days before he was found, according to Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson.

McAllister said police have not been able to tell her much about the cause of Bodman’s death as they await the results of Bodman’s autopsy and toxicology report.

“They do not suspect foul play,” she said.

McAllister described her son as a “go-getter” and a “hard worker” who enjoyed working as a roofer in home construction. She said he loved spending time with his fiancée Heather Williams and their son Noah, age 10 months.

“He loved his son with all his heart,” she said. “His son was his whole life. He was a family-oriented person. He loved his family, he loved his friends.”

McAllister said the last time someone spoke to Bodman was Tuesday morning before he went to work. She said no one reported Bodman missing because he was known for going camping with friends or going to help a friend work on a house for a day or two. No one could call Bodman because his phone was out of minutes.

“We didn’t think he was missing, we just thought he was hanging out with friends,” McAllister said. “We figured in a couple days he would surface.”

Her last visit with her son now is tinged with emotional memories.

“You don’t think to say something because you don’t think anything is going to happen,” she said.

Bodman is survived by his parents, Chet Bodman and Tammy McAllister; his fiancée, Heather, and their son, Noah; another son, Jonathon Higgins of Mount Pleasant; four brothers, Chet Bodman of Saginaw, Derek Bodman of Stanton, AJ McAllister of Belding, John McAllister of Barryton; sister, Candace Taylor of Belding; and grandparents, Richard (Barb) Ring of Belding

A funeral for Bodman will take place at noon Thursday at Brigham Funeral Chapel in Lakeview, with visitation starting at 11 a.m.

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