Deadly weekend in Saginaw County claims 5 lives -- 2 murdered, 3 in crashes

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SAGINAW COUNTY (WJRT) (11/5/2018) - A deadly weekend in Saginaw County claimed five lives.

Two were murdered and three died in accidents.

Police were busy investigating all four incidents. Victims advocates were busy as well, offering counseling to families and first responders affected by the tragedies.

Freeland High School freshman Bailee Mantei, 14, died Saturday evening after the vehicle her father was driving got hit broadside by a vehicle that ran a stop sign in Tittabawassee Township.

The at-fault driver, 68-year-old Marc Bingham of Merrill, died at Covenant HealthCare hospital in Saginaw. Police say he was driving west on Vasold Road when he missed the stop sign at North Gleaner Road.

Matt Mantei is recovering from serious injuries.

On Sunday, 82-year-old Matthew Marzluft died after the farm tractor he was repairing in Albee Township unexpectedly went into gear. He got entangled in the wheels and axle and got dragged about 400 yards into a field.

Also on Sunday, police say 41-year-old Akeshia Bell ran over her cousin, 43-year-old Cortney Noel, with a vehicle in Buena Vista Township after a family dispute.

Later in the day, an acquaintance found the body of 66-year-old Wayne McComb was found in his residence on Moore Road south of Saginaw. Police are investigating the case as a homicide.

Saginaw County Sheriff Bill Federspiel says his department has victims advocates who help families through tragedies like these. But in cases like the Tittabawasse Township crash, even emergency responders need help.

"Not just for the victim's families, which they do all the time, but they do it for us -- for law enforcement, for firefighters, who have to see tragedy after tragedy after tragedy," Federspiel said.

Victims advocates spent time with Marzluft's family after the accident that claimed his life.

"The family, obviously, I couldn't imagine what they were going through," Federspiel said. "The firefighters from Spauling Township who responded it, they needed it. My deputies needed it."

Victims advocates are all volunteers with special training to help loved ones and emergency responders in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy.

"Without them, I don't know if we as an agency could function as well as we do," Federspiel said.

See "Related Stories" on the right side of this story for more coverage of each incident.

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