Skeletal Remains Of Long-Missing Lansing Man Found In Pontiac Park

WWJ News
May 18, 2020 - 5:37 pm
Hall and Bass

Paul Anthony Hall, left, and victim Eugene Bass. (Photos: Oakland County Sheriff's Office)

(WWJ) The body of a missing Lansing man has been found, nearly a year after authorities believe he was murdered.

The skeletal remains of 42-year-old Eugene Bass were discovered Monday by Oakland County Sheriff's deputies at Galloway Lake Park, located at 1470 N. Perry in Pontiac, after the OCOS said it received information on the location. The OCOS Forensic Laboratory responded to the scene, in a wooded area of the park, along with an investigator from the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office.

While a positive identification using dental records is pending, officials say they do believe it is Bass' body.

Back in July of last year, 46-year-old Paul Anthony Hall of Pontiac was arrested and charged with open murder in the case, despite the fact that investigators couldn't find Bass' body. 

Investigators believe Bass was slain in the area of Midland and Michigan Ave. in Pontiac on May 23, 2019.  People at the scene told deputies that someone in a silver Chevrolet Equinox had been shot outside a home on Midland. While investigators couldn't find the vehicle or the victim, they learned from witnesses that the SUV in question was known to belong to Hall, and deputies found a spent shell casing in the driveway.

Sheriff's officials said Bass' blood and DNA were discovered in Hall's Equinox.

Hall has numerous previous felony convictions for crimes including fleeing and eluding police, aggravated assault, domestic violence and delivery/manufacture of drugs. He remains held without bond awaiting further court proceedings. 

It's unclear at this time if the information the sheriff's office received Monday was from Hall, or from a tipster. 

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.