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Man charged in connection with Aaron Idle death investigation

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(08/05/13) - An Owosso man has been charged in connection with the investigation into the disappearance and death of Aaron Idle.

James Cummings, 35, was arrested Monday morning and has been charged with lying to police during the investigation of a violent crime, according to the Shiawassee County Sheriff's Department. The charge carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison. Cummings is charged as a habitual offender. Bond was set at $15,000.

Idle was reported missing in March.

Investigators determined Idle overdosed on drugs he and Cummings had both used and Cummings dumped his body in a dumpster.

The search for Idle ended June 5 when investigators announced his body is believed to be in a Mundy Township landfill and unrecoverable.

"It was a slow, painful process extracting information to get on target," said Shiawassee County Sheriff's Department D/Lt. David Kirk.

When Shiawassee County investigators finally knew what they were dealing with, almost three weeks after Idle was reported missing, it became clear finding his body would not be easy.

Kirk says they exhausted every investigative avenue they had, local, state and federal, to try and recover Idle's body.

"We're extremely disappointed," he said. "The nature of the landfill makes it just not feasible.  In this case, the box is not definable. It's essentially limitless."

Kirk says the investigation is over, but charges are expected for another person.

"There are some additional charges that will be forthcoming from the prosecuting attorney's  office involving the delivery of controlled substance to Mr. Idle the night he went missing," Kirk said.

Idle's family has been pushing for police to try and recover his body.

"We're feeling a lot of pain," said Aaron's uncle Scott Idle. "(We) just hope justice is served somehow."

The family was at the landfill Monday afternoon. Investigators arranged for them to visit the very general area where the remains could be.

"We needed to come out here and pay our respects and make sure that everyone knows Aaron was a great guy," Idle said. "He has two wonderful kids. Good things need to be said about a great man."

A vehicle filled with about eight people drove back into the landfill. They were there for about 10 minutes. 

"We went out and said a prayer," Idle said. "To say goodbye. It was our last effort to be able to do so."

Monday was the last day operations were suspended in a portion of the landfill.  Nothing new had been put in that area as authorities tried to find a way search.

The Shiawassee County Sheriff's Department outlined their efforts, in this case, in a press release announcing Cummings' arrest:

During the course of this investigation, Detectives from the Sheriff's Office secured and executed 14 search warrants. In addition, 20 agencies assisted in the efforts to resolve this investigation, they include the Federal Bureau of Investigation and members of their Evidence Recovery Team, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Mid-Michigan Area Narcotics Enforcement Team, Flint Area Narcotics Group, Michigan State University Police, Owosso Police Department, Flint Police Department, Genesee County Sheriff's Office, Genesee County Parks Police,  Flint Police Department, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Attorney General's Office,  Shiawassee County Office of Emergency Management, Michigan State Police Aviation and Missing Person Units, Lansing Police Department, Clinton County Sheriff's Office, Bath Township Police Department and the Shiawassee County Search and Rescue Unit. 

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