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    MI - Janette Roberson Murdered in Reed City January 19, 1983

    On January 19, 1983, Janette Roberson was murdered in the small town of Reed City, Michigan. The case is still considered open with the Michigan State Police because homicide has no statute of limitations. This also means that there is very limited information that the police can provide to the family and the general public.

    Janette was married and the mother of two young children at the time of her murder. She worked in the basement of the Gambles Hardware Store which had been turned into a pet store. The pet store sold fish and some other small animals. The murder occurred between 1pm and 4pm on January 19, 1983.

    By posting here, I hope that someone remembers something. Janette was a daughter, mother, sister, aunt, animal lover and friend to many people. Just because the case is older doesn't mean that she should be forgotten. Her family has not forgotten her over the 30 years that this has not been solved.

    Detective Sgt. Lator of the Mount Pleasant Post (Michigan State Police) is assigned to Janette's case. Detective Sgt. Lator's contact information is: Mount Pleasant #63 3580 S. Isabella Rd. Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 Phone: (989) 773-5951 (information#) Fax: (989) 772-2854

    Thank you for reading this post. I hope that someday the police are able to solve her case. All it takes is just one person to call them and tell them what they know, heard, etc.
    Last edited by angelj; 07-05-2013 at 10:24 PM. Reason: Added she was also a sister.

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    I've found one article on this case so far. It's from 2010.

    At the time of the incident, few details were released. The murder happened in the basement of the Gambles store, now Reed City Hardware. It happened between 1 and 4 p.m. below the front door of the store. Although there were customers and other employees in the shop at the time, nobody heard anything. It was reported as a brutal slaying and possibly a sexual assault. Janette’s partially-clad body was found about 4 p.m. by another employee.
    Phil Rathbun was the Reed City police chief at the time.
    "There was some kind of hostility, in my opinion," Rathbun said. "It was not just passion. Someone was mad at her.
    http://www.cadillacnews.com/news_sto...issue=20100119
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    That's awful. Was this an incident where the police had a main suspect but not enough evidence or they had no leads? Or do have they even released those details?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jafsell View Post
    That's awful. Was this an incident where the police had a main suspect but not enough evidence or they had no leads? Or do have they even released those details?
    From what I've read, there were no strong suspects. LE questioned one or two men, but nothing panned out.

    I was glad to see that Janette's sister has not given up. On Jan 19, a remembrance walk was held in Reed City. There is also a Facebook page, and some recent press.

    http://www.upnorthlive.com/news/stor...7#.UuxhWbQQNvk

    In the photo albums are images of a two page article published earlier this month with sketches of the suspect. If you scroll to the bottom and select "Open Photo Viewer", you can view the pages in full screen or use the magnifier to read them.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater


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    "Justice For Janette" Participants Seek Answers In Cold Case Murder


    http://www.9and10news.com/story/2787...ld-case-murder

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    Hope the walk generates some new leads in this case.

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    I wonder about her husband. He is mentioned but is he named? Who was her boss? Her co-workers? Who else was working that day? Had she seemed anxious about anything or anyone recently?

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    Cold Case Spotlight

    Brutal Murder of Young Michigan Mother Janette Roberson Still Haunts Small Town

    When people talk about Janette Roberson, two things come to mind.

    There is her beauty, easily seen on the outside and easily apparent on the inside once you met the 27-year-old.

    Then, there is the talk about her horrific murder.

    It's a crime that now, more than 33 years later, remains unsolved.
    Eyes quickly looked to Janette's husband Alvin shortly after his wife was found dead. He'd reportedly been having an affair at the time, and it's been rumored he and Janette may have been talking about divorce.

    Shortly after Janette's murder, Alvin packed up his family and moved them back to Georgia. He would later marry the woman with whom he had been rumored to be having the affair. "I don't really blame them for leaving, really. I try to put myself in their shoes and that town is so small. People were talking," Carrie told Dateline.

    The idea Alvin had something to do with Janette's murder? The theory holds "no water," says Janette's sister, Lana. While her husband did not, Janette had adopted the Jehovah Witness faith. Her religious beliefs encouraged her to be devoted entirely to him.

    Alvin and the woman he was having the affair with, were later ruled out as suspects, according to authorities.

    One theory of the crime has stuck, mostly with those who knew Janette. They believe whoever killed her, did so in a moment of rage. From what they know about the crime scene and from Janette's autopsy, they believe the killer used objects available to him in that basement. It wasn't a carefully thought out crime, they say.

    "I believe someone was infatuated with her -- had a crush on her. My sister was very friendly and naïve, really," said Lana. "Whoever did this could have gone there to make a move and she rejected this person, and boom. That was all it took."
    It's been frustrating for Janette's sister, Lana.

    "Someone out there knows something. They need to finally come forward," she told Dateline. "The scary thing is the person who did this is out there somewhere. That's terrifying, because Janette was killed in a horrible way. What's stopping this person from doing it again? We need to get them off the streets."

    Lana has not spoken with Janette's children in years. She thinks her probe into their mother's murder has been painful for them.

    Carrie, who was close friends with Janette's daughter, Jennifer, continued to speak frequently to her childhood friend as they grew up. Until Carrie became heavily involved in the search for answers in Janette's murder. As with Lana, Carrie believes it isn't something Janette's children want brought up in their lives.

    "I don't know what they've been through. Having your mother taken away from you at that young an age cannot be an easy thing," said Carrie. "It's not my place to question them about it."

    Despite whatever challenges have come their way, the group pushes forward. They are planning the walk for the 34th anniversary of Janette's death in January. They're going to keep pushing forward in whatever way they can to find justice for Janette.





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