Still no answers in death of Dearborn Heights cop, friend found in garage

The weekend has come and gone and we still don't have any answers about what caused the death of a Dearborn Heights Police sergeant and his friend, both of whom were found dead in a garage Friday morning.

State police are denying reports that evidence of drug use was found at the scene. Police have also said there was no trauma to the body and they ruled out carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Justin McEwen told FOX 2's Erika Erickson on Monday that his family is only beginning the coping process after losing his brother, James McEwen. The man, known as Jimmy, left his six-year-old son behind.

"My heart goes out to him. It's not going to be easy for him," Justin said.

McEwen and his close friend, 46-year-old Dearborn Heights police sergeant John Burdick, were found dead Friday morning on the garage floor of a home on Lochdale. McEwen shared the home with his girlfriend; she's the one who found them, according to Lt. Mike Shaw with Michigan State Police.

"He was not in the bed with her at the time and she went out to check on him and found him in the garage," Shaw said. 

MSP is leading the investigation and still call it a double homicide although there were no signs of trauma to either body. The medical examiners office Monday says the preliminary autopsy was inconclusive and required further investigation. Police say toxicology results could take weeks and the possibility of their deaths being drug-related is still real. 

"We've been hearing from numerous sources that there was paraphernalia found in the garage and the house. I was on the scene and can tell you personally that is not accurate," Shaw said.

Dearborn Heights Police Chief Lee Gavin tells FOX 2 Monday that returning to work without Burdick, an 18-year department veteran and father of two, is very difficult. 

His family is planning the funeral this week for Mcewen, even though they're still waiting on officials to reach out to them. 

"I don't have any closure. To be honest, nobody officially - the agency, police department - no one has called anyone in the immediate family - my mom and my dad," Justin said.

Looking at photos of McEwen and Bubick, the two friends were always seen together. McEwen's family says they hope to learn what happened inside that garage to give both families some peace.
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