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Dead Man Identified in Online Date Murder Case

Steven Michael Fabi, 30. Profile photo.

Police have identified the man who was found dead while police were searching for missing woman Leigh Swanson, whose body was later discovered nearby. Steven Michael Fabi, 30, was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

Leigh Swanson was reported missing by family four days after she went on a date with a man she met online and never returned. During their investigation into her disappearance, Midland County, Mich., Sheriff’s deputies found two bodies, one of them belonging to Swanson.

Leigh Swanson. Handout photo.

On Tuesday, deputies arrived at an Edenville Township home after tracing the location via a phone number Swanson had used to call her mother. Before they had a chance to go inside, a loud boom rang out and a man ran outside, telling the deputies that his son had just shot himself. Fabi was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wednesday, as police prepared to announce the 28-year-old’s death in a press conference, Swanson’s body was discovered in a wooded area near the same house. Police said the cause of death was also an apparent gunshot wound to the head. Police have said Fabi is a suspect in Swanson’s murder, but have not confirmed whether the same gun was used in their deaths.

Swanson’s family told police that the 45-year-old Saginaw Township woman met the man she went out with on MeetMe.com. When they hadn’t heard from her for a while, her family contacted the man but said he was rude an hung up on them, MWEM reports.

Police are still looking for information regarding this case. Anyone with details is encouraged to call  the Midland County Sheriff’s Department at 989-839-4620 or the Saginaw Township Police Department at 989-793-2310.

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