Faster Horses Festival Issues Statement After Four Attendees Die in Michigan

by Emily Morgan

Thousands of country music fans flocked to Brooklyn, Michigan, for a fun-filled weekend at the Faster Horses Festival. Tragically, for four festival-goers, that never happened.

According to reports, first responders found a woman’s body on festival grounds around 7:30 am on Saturday, July 17. Local police later identified the woman as 30-year-old Melissa Donna Havens. Her cause of death is still pending.

Now, police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man who people last saw with the deceased woman 24 hours before authorities found her body.

MLive reported that police suspect a “Black male in his 30s, with short black hair and a short beard.” They added that the individual was wearing a gray hoodie.

The statement added that police encourages anyone with information on this incident to contact Sgt. Daniel Drewyor at 734-819-8192.

Tragedy struck the weekend again when authorities later found three men dead in their travel trailer that same day.

The Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office later announced their deaths via Facebook. They wrote, “On July 17 at approximately 1:27 pm Lenawee County Central Dispatch received a 911 call regarding unresponsive persons at a campground in Woodstock Township, Michigan, during the Faster Horses Festival. Emergency Medical Responders and Sheriff Deputies responded to the campground…and found five males in their early 20s inside the travel trailer, all unresponsive.”

Faster Horses Festival Responds to the Tragedy

The statement added that police pronounced Dawson Brown, 20, Richie Mays II, 20, and Kole Sova, 19, dead upon arrival. Medical personnel transported the two other victims while the two others to the local hospital. The men were in critical condition at the time.

The statement added that authorities are investigating the incident and believe “carbon monoxide exposure from a generator located very near the travel trailer” is the suspected cause.

At the time, the festival organizers initially declined to comment on the tragedies. However, they later released a statement on the following Monday.

“All of us in the Faster Horses Festival Family are deeply saddened by the tragic losses this weekend, as confirmed by the Lenawee County Sheriff’s department. We will continue to stay in close contact with The Lenawee County Sheriff and all other Law enforcement agencies, and follow their lead regarding any and all information as it is officially confirmed. Our hearts are broken for the families, friends and loved ones. “

“It’s absolutely tragic,” Lenawee County Sheriff Troy Bevier said. “And we would caution anybody to make sure if they are using a generator — if it’s camping or if your power goes out — it is in a well-ventilated area.”

Kole Sova’s mother, Meeka Sova, said the men were all high school friends who loved to play sports. Her son, Kole, also loved to listen to country music.