His body was found less than 36 hours ago, but already Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel is on the defensive in the case of Mount Clemens banker David Widlak.
Widlak's body was found in shallow waters of Lake St. Clair Sunday evening near Jefferson and Shook, in Harrison Township. He'd been missing for nearly a month.
Hackel was grilled by a reporter with the Macomb Daily about whether Widlak had spent time with a co-worker in the hours before his disappearance, and whether there was any kind of relationship with that co-worker.
"I don't need to. If people are going to be very cooperative and provide us information, I don't need to expose who those people are at all. You keep probing all you want. I'm not gonna sit there and all of a sudden just give or expose that because you're trying to give some speculation that he may have had some inappropriate contact," Hackel said in response to the reporter's question.
"That may be something that you're surmising or you're hearing from someone else. I think that's very inappropriate," Hackel said.
The medical examiner was not able to find any evidence of blunt force trauma to Widlak's body or to determine a cause of death. Officials are now waiting for the results of the toxicology report which could take three to four weeks.
Widlak was last was seen at the Mount Clemens-based Community Central Bank Corp. administrative offices Sept. 15. His car was in the parking lot when a maintenance worker found the offices in disarray the following morning.
Widlak's family plans an independent autopsy.
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