The mission of the Cold Case Team is to investigate and bring resolution to unsolved homicides, and missing persons where homicide is the likely cause.
The Kent Metro Cold Case Team was formed through a cooperative effort of state, county and local law enforcement agencies in Kent County. It is currently comprised of Det. from the Kent County Sheriff Department, the Grand Rapids Police Department and the Michigan State Police. The team office is located at the Kent County Sheriff Department, 701 Ball Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
In many instances, information provided by an individual is the only avenue left to solve an old homicide. If you are reading this and you believe you have information that can assist us, we ask you to consider the victims family and to make the phone call to Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345, you do not have to give your name and you may just bring closure to a victims loved ones.
The team is seeking information on the 1993 murder of Kathleen Vanslyke.
On July 23, 1993 at 3:30 in the afternoon, Kathleen Vanslyke, a 45 year old mother and wife, was shot at close range while waiting in a parking lot at the intersection of Eastern Ave SE and Burton St SE We are searching for anyone with any information. Please visit her Facebook page.
Please contact the Kent Metro Cold Case Team (616) 632-6123 or Silent Observer (616) 774-2345.
The team is seeking information regarding the identity of skeletal remains found in Ada Township Roadside Park in July of 1997.
If you have any information regarding the identity of this woman or other information on this case, please contact Silent Observer (616) 774-2345 or (866) 774-2345.
To view additional identifying information, please view the flyer.
The team is seeking information on the 1986 murder of Bonita Lynne Oom.
Bonita Oom went missing in the early morning hours of 09/04/1986, after leaving her residence near the corner of Knapp St. and Coit Ave. in the city of Grand Rapids. Her body was discovered on 09/07/86 off of Pickerel Dr. near Ramsdell Dr. in Kent County’s Cannon Township.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance or murder of Bonita Oom, please contact Silent Observer (616) 774-2345 or (866) 774-2345.
The Team is also reviewing and seeking information on the 1984 murder of Robin Wellso.
Robin Wellso was last seen leaving the Intersection Bar in the early morning hours of 12/29/1984. Her body was discovered on 12/31/84 in 400 block of Charles St, in the City of Grand Rapids.
If you have any information regarding the homicide of Robin Wellso, please contact Silent Observer (616) 774-2345 or 866-774-2345.
Finally, the team is seeking information on the disappearance of Dean Marie Plye (Deanie Peters).
Deanie Peters was last seen in the Forest Hills Central Middle School Gym on 02/05/1981. Deanie was 14 years of age at the time of her disappearance and was last seen wearing a brown ski jacket, a pink sweater and blue jeans.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Dean Marie Pyle (Peters) please contact Silent Observer (616) 774-2345 or (866) 774-2345.
701 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm
Lawrence A. Stelma
Chief Deputy-Law Enforcement
703 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503