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Task force to investigate unsolved homicide

Shannon Siders

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, is focusing on the 1989 homicide of Newaygo resident Shannon Marie Siders.
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 22 years, area detectives have continued to investigate the case, following up on hundreds of tips. The task force was assembled in September 2011, and has reviewed the nearly 2,000 page report and associated tips, and examined evidence collected by the original investigators. Task force members are confident that advances in forensic science and information technology will generate new leads and aid investigators in solving the case.
Detectives ask anyone with information on the death of Shannon Siders to contact D/Sgt. Scott Rios of the Michigan State Police Hart Post-Newaygo Detachment at (855) 830-6843 ext. 222 or email rioss@michigan.gov.

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