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    MI - Janet Rohrer, 13, Bay City, 26 Nov 1973

    http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/i...he_1973_s.html

    Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 3:13 PM
    By Cole Waterman | The Bay City Times

    Rohrer left her home at 1309 Fremont St. the morning of Nov. 26, 1973, on her way to MacGregor Intermediate School, 1012 Fremont St.
    Janet was seen through a window by a school secretary but she never made it to her 8th grade classes that day.

    ...hunters discovered her skeleton nearly a year later on Nov. 7, 1974, in a field in Saginaw County’s Zilwaukee Township.

    Her skull bore several fractures indicative of blunt trauma
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    The investigation was reopened in 2002 but didn't lead anywhere.

    More articles for those interested in Janet's case:

    http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/i...team_up_t.html
    January 14, 2009 by: Amy L. Payne | Booth Mid-Michigan


    Rohrer, a blond-haired, blue-eyed eighth-grader at MacGregor, was an honor student active in basketball. She was seen prior to school at about 7:30 a.m. by a school secretary. After that, she vanished.
    "It was very strange, for example, that Jan Rohrer's next-door neighbor, Frances Mataszewski, who resided at 1307 Fremont Ave., was found dead in a ditch off Lincoln and Russell roads about 18 months earlier," Vosler said. She had been killed by a blow to her face and nose and probably drowned in the ditch.

    Another strange death involved Mataszewski's mother, who also resided at 1307 Fremont Ave. She was found dead in her bed on the same day Jan Rohrer disappeared.
    about two years after Rohrer's body was found, Mataszewski's son committed suicide with a pistol in the Fremont Avenue home.
    (NOTE: I can't snip anymore from the above article, it's an interesting read though).

    For some reason, they changed the google archives search setup and I can't go as far back as I would like. If anyone finds other articles please post. I'm interested in this case.

    Picture of Janet from first link within this posting.
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    Wow, that is interesting..

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    I agree with LE, too many deaths for them to be a coincidence. I'd really like to know the ages of the Mataszewski family members who died and also what friends and other family might say about the suicide. Was it due to grief over his mother and sisters deaths? Or something else?

    I also agree someone knows. Hopefully they come forward..... Janet deserves justice and the Rohrer family deserve answers.
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    http://www.wnem.com/story/20565677/1...solved-mystery

    Posted: Jan 11, 2013 3:38 PM EST
    Updated: Jan 11, 2013 3:38 PM EST
    Posted By Tom Plahutnik, Web Editor/Producer - email


    Photo courtesy of Bay City Police's Facebook page.
    BAY CITY, MI (AP) -
    As the 39th anniversary of a 13-year-old girl's disappearance arrived, her family continues seeking answers.

    Jan Marie Rohrer left her Bay City home on a three-block walk to school in 1973. The remains of the blonde-haired eighth grader were found in Saginaw County's Crow Island State Game Area a year later. She'd been fatally shot.

    No one has ever been charged with a crime in connection with Jan's death

    Today, her brothers, Thomas K. Rohrer and William A. Rohrer III, are looking for answers and hoping for a break in the case that offers personal closure.

    Thomas keeps documents and news reports related to his sister's unsolved case. He tells MLive.com (http://bit.ly/WIYa1H) "there has to be somebody out there who knows the true story and is willing to testify."

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    A transcript of an interview with one of Jan's brothers.

    http://www.coveritlive.com/index2.ph...82d69e0&ipod=y

    Also, the neighbor's name was Florence Matuszewski. More about her murder here.
    The body of Florence Matuszewski, 46, was found in a ditch near Lincoln and Russell roads in Portsmouth Township on Aug. 29, 1972, 15 months before Jan disappeared on Nov. 26, 1973. Police said Florence Matuszewski was bludgeoned and appeared to have drowned in the ditch. No one was ever charged in the case.

    Dale Matuszewski, the only one of her three sons still living, feels he knows what led up to his mother's death.
    “She was at a bar on Washington with my aunts and uncles. Something happened where they got in an argument and my mom walked home. She was on her way home, walking, and never made it," he said.
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    That is insane. All those people dead in that short time period.

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    Wow! I know it's a little late to the discussion but wow! This all took place literally around my house! I've never heard about this case (or these cases) before. My friend used to live on Fremont. Crow Island is off of River Road/M-13 when you're on your way to Saginaw. I just looked at some maps and Lincoln and Russell Road where the other lady was found is super close to Crow Island where the girl was found. However, Russell Road doesn't connect to River Road (it stops at Lincoln) so you'd have to drive back into Bay City, hop on Broadway (you'd take Lincoln to Cass and Cass hits Broadway) and that turns into River Road. If the two roads did connect, it would be just a few minutes between both places where each of them were found.

    It's really odd that they were neighbors. That doesn't add up. Especially in Bay City. I don't know what it was like in the 70s, but murders in Bay City are not common. When it does happen, it's front page news and everyone knows about it. Now, Saginaw on the other hand isn't what I'd call the happiest place on Earth. Sadly, violent crimes that end in murder are pretty common in Saginaw.

    I definitely think either case (or both) may have been done by someone (or someones) who was familiar with the Bay City area. Crow Island is not really obvious when you're driving on River Road, except I think there may be a sign. The Russell/Lincoln Road area and most of the area around it is farmland.

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    Welcome, sublimeacoustic. Thanks for the helpful background information.
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    Thank you! I asked my Dad who would have been a freshman around the time this took place and he had no idea that it happened either.

    Also, both areas are incredibly dark at night. There are no street lights or homes in either area (there are some but a long distance away) which make both spots a little spooky. Driving down River Rd. in the summer is beautiful but at night, it's a very windy, pitch black road. Both places do make a good dumping ground. Quiet, dark and no people to see or hear anything.


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    It's odd that your dad never heard of these crimes. How big is Bay City? Did he know any of the people or their relatives?

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    Norbert Peck and Oscar Garcia were found dead in the area in 1971 (IIRC) they were victims of a suspected serial killer, Todd Warzecha. I wonder if there could be a link between their deaths and Jan's murder?

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    Has the motorcycle gang connectiion been taken seriously? Are there still motorcycle gangs in the area?

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    the anniversary of her disappearance was just a few days ago.

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