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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Arrests made in missing woman case

Arrests made in missing woman case

Four men have been arrested in Mecosta County in connection with a missing persons case.

Anthony Walker, 18; Anthony Darnell Rollin, 38; Thomas Vernnon Bennett, 28; all of Big Rapids, and Kepha Yaaqob Stutzman, 18, of Leroy are each charged with accessory after the fact in the Kristin Spires disappearance, The Pioneer of Big Rapids reported Friday.

Spires, 20, of Barryton vanished about a year ago.

Mecosta County Prosecutor Peter Jaklevic has not returned phone calls or spoken publicly about the case, but his office has said details will be forthcoming.

Police have referred all inquires to Jaklevic, saying he's the only one who can speak on the investigation.

Police think that Spires is dead and are trying to determine how she died and where her body has been hidden, the Pioneer reported.

The men are accused of being involved in delivering a controlled substance to Spires and assaulting her with intent to commit great bodily harm, according to the Pioneer.

The Pioneer quoted Jaklevic as saing the four delivered cocaine and possibly marijuana to Spires and that the men are charged with hiding her body to hide the crime.

According to the Pioneer, Walker had been sentenced in January to nine months in jail for obstruction of justice, with court records indicating that he was charged for "telling a false story to police in a missing person case, which resulted in police executing two search warrants, a large use of manpower by the Michigan State Police Crime Lab and an invasion of privacy on those who did not need to be searched."

Walker was in 77th District Court in Mecosta County earlier this week for a hearing when Jaklevic brought the accessory after the fact charge, which is a five-year felony, according to the Pioneer.

Bennett testified at Walker's hearing that Walker and Rollin went to his home with Spires on May 14, 2010 and that Walker, Rollin and Spires were using cocaine and marijuana, according to the Pioneer.

Friends and family of Spires, meanwhile, kept communication open on the Facebook social networking site, sharing thoughts and prayers and hoping for closure soon.

"This is not right; the family has been through too much. These guys need to say where she is," said Kristi Hart of Evart. "Come on people she is important to us... help find her."

Kristin was last seen in Big Rapids May 12 after leaving home May 8.

Mecosta County Sheriff's officials have said that Kristin's body has not been found, but they do not believe she is alive and are treating the probe as a murder investigation.

Police have been actively investigating the disappearance.

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