Body Found Friday Confirmed to be Troy Man Patrick Mikes
The Oakland County Medical Examiner has ruled Mikes' death a homicide.
The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Monday that the body found Friday in Montrose Township is that of Troy resident Patrick Joseph Mikes, 55, who was last seen alive in his Troy home on July 26.
The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled Mikes' death a homicide. According to Medical Examiner Dr. Ljubisa J. Dragovic, the cause of death is blunt force trauma to the head. Mikes was identified using dental records, he said.
“We would like for the police department to personally thank the citizens of Montrose Township, the Montrose Police and Fire departments for all their help in locating Mr. Mikes," Troy Police spokesman Capt. Bob Redmond said Friday.
Meanwhile, Mikes' son, 21-year-old Patrick Joseph Mikes Jr., was charged Thursday with murdering his father in 52-4 District Court in Troy. Mikes Jr. was denied bond and remains in the Oakland County Jail.
Troy Police announced the news of the arrest on Wednesday night; according to a report in the Detroit News, Mikes Jr. entered a plea of not guilty, and a preliminary exam was scheduled for Aug. 27. Mikes Jr. is being held in the Oakland County Jail without bond.
Police have said they believe Mikes Sr. was killed in a violent altercation in the basement of his Troy home on Homewood Drive on July 27. He was last seen alive by his 16-year-old son, Andrew Mikes, on the evening of July 26.
Mikes did not show up for work on July 27, and investigators believe his 21-year-old son, Mikes Jr., who has been the only named suspect in his father's disappearance, did not see his father leaving for a bike ride that day, as he first reported to police Sunday morning.
Mikes Jr. also was seen on surveillance video purchasing a large quantity of cleaning supplies at a local store on July 27, according to Troy police.
Mikes Jr. was charged on Aug. 1 with fraudulently using his younger brother's American Express card to make purchases at the AMC Theatre and Johnny Rocket's in Auburn Hills on July 26. His maternal grandparents paid his $50,000 bond the next day, police said. Before being arrested and charged with homicide-open murder last Thursday, Mikes Jr. had been ordered not to contact his younger brother or leave the state.
Police say there is no known history of violent altercations between Mikes Jr. and his father.
Several agencies have contributed to the investigation and search, including Michigan State Police, Oakland County Sheriff's Office, Genesee County Sheriff's Office, Montrose Police Department, FBI, Oakland County Prosecutor's Office, Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office and the Major Case Assistance Team.
The Major Case Assistance Team includes investigators from the Auburn Hills Police Department, Birmingham Police Department, Bloomfield Township Police Department, Clawson Police Department, and the Rochester Hills substation of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.