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Four dead, two in critical condition in separate cases while attending Faster Horses

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Published: Jul. 17, 2021 at 6:52 PM EDT
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LENAWEE COUNTY, Mich. (WTVG) - Four people are dead and two others are in critical condition in separate incidents while attending the Faster Horses music festival in Lenawee County, Michigan.

Five men in their early 20s were found unresponsive inside of a travel trailer at a campground at the corner of US-12 and Brooklyn Highway in Woodstock Township just before 1:30 p.m Saturday, according to the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office.

Three of the men were pronounced dead at the scene from suspected carbon monoxide exposure because of a generator close to the trailer, investigators said.

The men were identified as 20-year-old William “Richie” May, 19-year-old Kole Sova, and 20-year-old Dawson Brown.

(Left) William "Richie" May, (Center) Kole Sova, (Right) Dawson Brown died Saturday while...
(Left) William "Richie" May, (Center) Kole Sova, (Right) Dawson Brown died Saturday while attending Faster Horses music festival in Lenawee County. Investigators said the three men died from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning.(Michigan Center High School)

Two others were taken to the hospital and were still in critical condition as of Monday afternoon. They are being treated for acute carbon monoxide poisoning. Authorities have identified them as 20-year-old Rayfield Johnson and 20-year-old Kurtis Stitt.

Authorities said a friend became concerned when he was unable to reach the men. The names of those who were in the trailer have not been released.

First responders are reminding the public of the importance of keeping generators away from camping areas, tents, and trailers.

“It shook us all up,” said Jim Blankenship, who was attending Faster Horses. “We were all pretty devastated and we all talked about it.”

Michigan State Police are also investigating the death of a 30-year-old Michigan woman in a separate incident at the music festival. Police said the body of Melissa Donna Havens was found around 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

Authorities are investigating the death of Melissa Donna Havens while she was attending Faster...
Authorities are investigating the death of Melissa Donna Havens while she was attending Faster Horses music festival in Lenawee County.(WTVG)

Authorities said her cause of death is unknown. An autopsy and toxicology test will be performed.

Detectives are looking for help identifying a person seen with Havens the day before her body was found but did not refer to the person as a suspect. Police said Havens was seen with a black male in his 30′s in a gray hoodie with short black hair and a short beard.

According to a Go Fund Me Account, Havens leaves behind a 6-year-old daughter.

MSP said there is no danger or threat to those attending Faster Horses.

Those with information are asked to contact authorities and can call 734-819-8192.

A spokesperson for the festival released the following statement to 13abc:

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