MI MI - Paul Girard, 34, Marquette, 30 September 1988

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  1. JL Cauling

    JL Cauling New Member

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    There are not many links available online.

    Paul Girard was a 34 year old Gay man living in Marquette, a city in the far north of Michigan's upper peninsula. Marquette is a college town, home to Northern Michigan University.

    Girard was last seen at a store around 3a and his body, stabbed more than 40 times, was found at 10:15a by walkers at beautiful Preque Isle Park. Paul was face up, his throat cut near the grave of Chief Kawbawgum, a landmark in the park.

    Many suspects were mentioned over the years and it seems that Marquette PD has narrowed it down but they lack the evidence needed to make an arrest.

    Paul's glasses and the murder weapon, a folding knife, were found nearby. His wallet was gone. The motive seems to be a hate crime.

    Source: 20th anniversary of the Paul Girard killingSeptember 30, 2008 - By KIM HOYUM
     


  2. Angelsunday

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    I live in this area and can attest that the local sentiment is that everyone "knows" who did it but that suspected person will never be charged.
     
  3. Nina Michigan

    Nina Michigan Verified President/Founder of Missing in Michigan

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    Angel I heard that the "man" who supposedly did this moved to Hawaii.
     
  4. phyllisperry

    phyllisperry New Member

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    i am also from the area, wondering if dna is available to be tested? seems like there should be, also have heard that the person who did this ( I know the name but not sure if i am allowed to post it or not)??? came home covered in blood and his wife told police when they were fighting, but later rescinded her statement after they made up..
     
  5. StarrChance

    StarrChance Well-Known Member

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    I don’t think you can name him unless it is in main stream media (msm)
    There is a face book post with the name, initial BF , a prison guard, is this the person you had in mind? I agree surely some DNA could be tested.

    Can’t bring over Facebook posts but the link is
    https://www.facebook.com/uppermichiganssource/posts/10157469953810640
     
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  8. pamandki

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    I remember this. I was living in Marquette attending NMU and expecting my first child. Our apartment was downtown and we frequented Presque Isle often. It frightened me! There was an update on the case in January 2020.
    Read more on Marquette police release sketch of person of interest in 1988 murder at Marquette police release sketch of person of interest in 1988 murder
     
  9. Angelsunday

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    New leads give hope for closure in Paul Girard homicide | WJMN - UPMatters.com

    This is the most recent update published locally......

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    “I know the players involved, I know the ins and outs. The follow up investigation I have done has led me to believe that I’m looking at a solid suspect.” Detective Heslip continued, “I think I have a pretty good idea where he was and what he was doing, but I haven’t validated that, yet.”

    Heslip encourages anyone who may have even the smallest inclination about what happened back in 1988, to let him know.

    “No matter what you think, if it’s just a minor thing it might be a big thing to me. One little piece can lead to another piece and another piece and another piece. It’s that snowball effect.” Heslip added, “Don’t be afraid to come forth and talk to me about something that you don’t think is relevant. Because I can take a look at that with the knowledge that I have and it might mean something.”

    links to two other articles and a copy of the sketch...

    Marquette police release sketch of person of interest in 1988 murder

    Police release sketch of person of interest in Marquette murder | News, Sports, Jobs - The Daily news

    I also know I read in a Missouri or Mississippi paper that DNA was taken from a suspect in the case......but the link has since been removed. I will keep looking....
     
  10. Angelsunday

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    oops...so sorry i didn't mean to step on your post! I didn't see your post until after I posted mine....
     
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