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Missing teen found murdered


Mujey Dumbuya, an East Kentwood High School student, was last seen January 24 in Grand Rapids. Photo from Silent Observer.

Did you see this girl?

The body of a 16-year-old East Kentwood High School girl was found in Kalamazoo. On Sunday, January 28, 2018, the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety found the body of Mujey Dumbuya, in the 800 block of N. Prairie Ave in a wooded area. Mujey was reported as a runaway on January 25 in Grand Rapids, and was last seen in the early morning hours of January 24. 

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is investigating her death as a homicide.

Mujey Dumbuya had on pink tennis shoes like this one, but one of them was missing.

Mujey was wearing a black Columbia jacket, white and pink T-shirt with a print of Cinderella’s face on the front, blue jeans, and pink Nike tennis shoes. Her right shoe was missing when she was found. 

If you have any information as to how Mujey got to Kalamazoo, who she was with, saw her between January 24-28, located her other shoe, or if you have any other information that can help police figure out the details of this very tragic homicide, call Grand Rapids Police at 616-456-3400, Kalamazoo Dept. of Public Safety at 517-337-8994,or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or go to silentobserver.org and submit a crime tip. You can also download the Silent Observer app to your cell phone.


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Billboard campaign launched to generate new leads in 1993 cold case


There is a new effort in an attempt to solve the 1993 murder of Kathleen Vanslyke.  The Kent Metro Cold Case Team has partnered with the Grand Rapids Police and Silent Observer to highlight the victim in their unsolved homicide billboard campaign. –

On July 23, 1993 at 3:30pm, Kathleen Vanslyke, a 45-year-old mother and wife, was shot at close range while she waited in her vehicle in a parking lot near Burton Street, SE, and Eastern Avenue, SE, in the City of Grand Rapids. After the shooting, Vanslyke’s car rolled backwards and collided with an adjacent building. The location was a busy area surrounded by businesses, including the former Old Kent Bank, Silver Derby Tavern, and Bucks.

In an effort to generate tips on this brutal murder, a billboard will highlight this victim for 30 days near the intersection of Burton Street SE, and Eastern Avenue SE, on November 2, 2015.

The family of Kathleen Vanslyke is supportive of the billboard campaign and hope, after 22 years, someone with information will come forward.

To see a photograph of Kathleen Vanslyke and crime scene photos, a Facebook page has been created called Kathleen Vanslyke 1993 cold case homicide.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or Kent Metro Cold Case Team at 616-632-6123.

The Kent Metro Cold Case Team consists of detectives from the Michigan State Police, Kent County Sheriff Department and the Grand Rapids Police Department.

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