Silent Observer highlights three more homicide victims
Caroline MacGregor October 2, 2013 | WGVU “We guarantee that those who call will remain truly
A billboard campaign launched more than a month ago by Silent
Observer has generated tips its hoped will help the Kent Metro Cold Case team solve
unanswered homicide cases.
Last month, four victims: Alan Foster, Khiry Jalon Walker,
Terence Stokes, and Brian Martinez were featured on billboards in specific
locations throughout Grand Rapids. Their profiles remained in public view
Wednesday, the Kent County Sheriff’s Dept announced the
names of three more victims in Silent Observer’s unsolved homicide billboard
"The homicide victims are: Patricia Glass, Bonnie Oom and Joel Battaglia who was killed on June 10th, 1990."
Bonnie Oom’s family is offering a 10 thousand dollar reward
for tips that lead to the arrest of the person responsible for her death. The victims will be featured on billboards
located at Burton east of Eastern, Monroe north of Leonard, and Wealthy east of
Detective Sgt. Sally Wolter with MSP and head of the Kent
County Cold Case Team says over time, people may be prompted to step forward
“Events change over the years, your association with people and some things you would hold close to yourself; now it's okay to release, maybe that suspect has left the area so those threats and concerns have gone."
The new billboards will be up for one month – another six
homicide victims are expected to be featured before grant money runs out.
Silent Observer has a call center that operates 24 hour a day, seven days a
week. Rewards of up to 1000 dollars are paid on cases solved with the help of a tip to Silent
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