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Girl’s body exhumed in cold case

The homicide of 18-year-old Shannon Siders, of Newaygo, has never been solved.

The body of Shannon Siders, of Newaygo, was exhumed Thursday, in the hope that new advancements in forensic science will lead them to her killer.

Shannon, 18, was last seen on July 18, 1989. Her body was found on October 15, 1989 in a wooded area near M-82 and Thornapple Road in Brooks Township, Newaygo County. It was an area of the forest known as “the pit,” where young people hosted parties. An autopsy determined the manner of death to be homicide.

For the past 23 years, area detectives have continued to investigate the case, following up on hundreds of tips. Last year, a task force led by investigators from the Michigan State Police that includes the Newaygo County Sheriff Department, Newaygo City Police and Newaygo County Prosecutor Robert Springstead, began to focus on the cold case. They reviewed the nearly 2,000-page report and associated tips, and examined evidence collected by the original investigators.

They also consulted with forensic pathologist and forensic anthropologist on the case. With new advancements in forensic science and new information uncovered by the task force, a decision was made, after talking with Shannon’s family, to exhume her body. Investigators hope this will help them solve the case.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the homicide of Shannon Siders to contact D/Sgt. Scott Rios of the Michigan State Police Hart Post-Newaygo Detachment at (231) 873-2171 ext. 222 or email him at RiosS@michigan.gov.

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