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Federal Prosecutors hope to enhance the sentence of Harold Ordway


GRAND RAPIDS (WKZO) -- Federal Officials apparently aren’t ready to charge Harold Ordway with murder, but they do hope what they do know will mean a longer term in prison when he is sentenced on a gun felony.

Ordway is the prime suspect in the deaths of two homeless men from Battle Creek, Michael Van Buskirk and Paul Atchley. Van Buskirk disappeared first and his badly decomposed body was found months later in a field in southern Kalamazoo County. His remains were too badly decomposed to determine the cause of death.

They believe Ordway killed Atchley because he could implicate him in Van Buskirk’s killing, and may have just disposed of his body prior to having a fender bender in rural Allegan County.

The blood spatter evidence in the pick-up suggest he was shot from the back of the truck as he lay on the mattress. While they found atchley’s blood, they haven’t found his body.

Ordway has since pled guilty to being a felon in Possession of the gun they found in the pick-up that day.

The Prosecution wants to bring up the allegations of murder at his sentencing but the defense objects, saying they are just allegations and haven’t been proven. The presiding Federal Judge will decide.