Family speaks out about cold case billboards

7:59 PM, Oct 2, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (WZZM)- Police are hoping that three billboards will lead to tips on three unsolved murders in Kent County. In one case, the family is offering an additional $10,000 reward.

Celeste Oom, 90, says there's not a day that goes by that she doesn't think about her daughter Bonnie. The 34-year old woman disappeared in September of 1986. Her younger brother, Mike, remembers it well. "We have no idea what happened. She presumably went out for a morning walk and never came back. Police found her clothes by the boat landing at Riverside park." Bonnie's body was found a few days later, near Rockford

Michigan State Police investigated the case. "We have a lot of good evidence in the case. The cold case team made great strides, but we need the public to come forward and help us," says Lt. Chris McIntyre.

The three cold cases are being featured in the Silent Observer's billboard campaign. The other two cold cases are: 23-year old Joel Battaglia, who was beaten to death outside a bar in Eastown in June of 1990, and 39-year old Patricia Glass who was found shot to death inside a party store on Burton Street in February of 1986.

The Oom family is also offering the $10,000 reward. It's been 27-years and they're hoping for some answers. "Mom just had her 90th birthday. This may be our last chance to find out what happened."

The billboards are being paid for by a grant through Gannett, the parent company of WZZM.

In you have any information, your asked to call the Silent Observer. You can remain anonymous. That number is 774-2345.

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