John Dahlinger with one of his sons and a friend
*UPDATE* It doesn't appear that the authorities in Grand Rapids realize that the popular murder victim, John C Dahlinger, was also the secret grandson of Auto Magnate Henry Ford and his mistress Evangeline Cote. Information on John's family has long been ignored by the Ford Family. I think this is much bigger story than the press in Grand Rapids know...K
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A 56-year-old Grand Rapids man was found dead in his home, and now police are calling it a homicide. John Dahlinger was found unresponsive by his girlfriend around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday night at their home in the Maple Grove subdivision. His girlfriend told Grand Rapids Police that she found him when she returned home and called 9-1-1.
EMS responded to the scene, but Dahlinger was declared dead at the scene. Grand Rapids Police indicate that the cause of death was blunt force trauma (beaten to death). Thursday, Newschannel 3 spoke to one of Dahlinger's former colleagues in Grand Rapids. John Dahlinger was the President and CEO of the Dahlinger Group in Grand Rapids.
We're told he also worked in medical equipment sales; but his passion was for helping people. "Very outgoing and very appreciative of human beings," Deb Davis, Communications Director for Paws with a Cause said of Dahlinger. Read More
Neighbors on Thursday morning said they had seen nothing out of the ordinary around the victim's home.One neighbor said the man had once owned a therapy dog that he took around to area hospitals to provide encouragement.
Marty Staal, who has lived in the Maple Grove condominium complex with his wife for more than 10 years, described it as a quiet area that is home to mostly retirees and adult professionals. Several people were out walking dogs and talking Thursday morning.
Staal said he noticed no disruption Wednesday until multiple police cruisers arrived just before 7 p.m. Police were still on scene when he got ready for bed sometime after 10 p.m.
THE SECRET LIFE OF HENRY FORD BY JOHN COTE DAHLINGER