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Title: Renkowski, Paige, 05/24/1990
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Ell - May 25, 2006 02:05 AM (GMT)
http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/r/renkoski_paige.html
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Livingston County disappearance deemed a cold case







FOWLERVILLE, Mich. One of Michigan's long-running mysteries has generated more than one-thousand tips. It was 16 years ago today that substitute teacher Paige Renkowski vanished in Livingston County.

The sheriff says one of the tips in the case has turned out be a dead end.

Investigators for years have been focusing on a man currently in jail on a carjacking charge. The sheriff says the man lied about his involvement.

He says Renkowski's disappearance is now considered a cold case.

The 30-year-old Okemos resident was last seen May 24th, 1990. Her car was found parked along I-96 in Fowlerville. The engine was running and Renkowski's shoes and purse were inside.

(Jon King, WHMI)

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monkalup - October 10, 2006 11:20 AM (GMT)
Paige Marie Renkoski


Above: Renkoski, circa 1990


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: May 24, 1990 from Fowlerville, Michigan
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: February 2, 1960
Age: 30 years old
Height and Weight: 5'6, 125 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Blonde hair, blue eyes. Renkoski has surgical scars on her right arm and on her right leg. She has an additional scar on her right elbow. Renkoski has two surgical screws inserted into her left knee and her right knee has been replaced.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white silk blouse, green-patterned baggy silk pants and a long beaded necklace.


Details of Disappearance

Renkoski was a teacher from DeWitt Township, Michigan near Okemos in 1990. She dropped her mother off at Detroit Metro Airport on May 24, 1990, then turned around to go home. Renkoski apparently stopped on the westbound shoulder of Interstate 96 one-half mile from the Fowlerville, Michigan exit at 3:30 p.m. She was last seen speaking with two unidentified African-Americans male on May 24, 1990. They were tanding near a maroon or burgundy minivan.
A motorist who saw Renkoski and the individual at approximately 3:30 p.m. became concerned when he passed Renkoski's vehicle at the same location four hours later at approximately 7:30 p.m. Investigators were summoned to the scene at that time and found Renkoski's silver 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais abandoned. The keys were in the ignition and the engine was idling. The driver's side door was unlocked and Renkoski's purse and shoes were found inside the vehicle, as well as an open bottle of beer. Investigators did not find any damage to Renkoski's car when it was discovered. She has never been seen again.

Authorities are not sure why Renkoski was speaking to the unidentified man and they do not know if he is connected in any way to her disappearance. Renkoski recently deposited a large sum of money in her bank account at the time she vanished, which was untouched following her disappearance. She did not have any travel plans. Renkoski was close with her mother and was also engaged to be married in November 1990. Family members told investigators that Renkoski may have been having problems with her fiance in May 1990, but it is not believed she chose to voluntarily leave the area for that reason.

Three unsolved abduction/murders of young women occurred in the 1980's in the general area where Renkoski vanished. It is not known if these cases are related to Renkoski's disappearance. Authorities reopened Renkoski's case in the late 1990's and created a homicide task force called New Hope to explore leads in her disappearance and other unsolved crimes in the area.

Authorities announced that an unidentified inmate in a Michigan prison was named as a suspect in Renkoski's case in May 2001. The man was in prison for carjacking; his victim was a young woman and the crime occurred only weeks after Renkoski disappeared. Police interviewed the suspect several times and believed he had been one of the men Renkoski spoke to shortly before she went missing, but when the individual took a lie detector test, he passed and investigators eliminated him from their inquiry.

Sketches of two suspects in Renkoski's disappearance are posted below this case summary. They have never been identified. Foul play is now suspected in her case.



Above Images: Sketches of suspects in Renkoski's case


Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Livingston County Sheriff's Department
517-546-2440
OR
Michigan State Police
810-227-1149
OR
New Hope Task Force
800-450-8477



Source Information
The National Center for Missing Adults
The Detroit Free Press
The Detroit News
The Doe Network
WLNS 6 News



Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

Last updated February 27, 2006; details of disappearance updated.

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monkalup - October 10, 2006 11:22 AM (GMT)
suspect one

monkalup - October 10, 2006 11:22 AM (GMT)
suspect two

monkalup - October 10, 2006 11:24 AM (GMT)
http://www.theyaremissed.org/ncma/gallery/...php?A200300536W

Endangered Missing Adult



If you believe you have any information regarding this case that will be helpful in this investigation please contact:
Livingston County Sheriff's Office at (517) 546-2440

Name: Paige Marie Renkoski

Classification: Endangered Missing Adult
Date of Birth: 1960-02-02
Date Missing: 1990-05-24
From City/State: Fowlerville, MI
Age at Time of Disappearance: 30
Gender: Female
Race: White
Height: 66 inches
Weight: 125 pounds
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Complexion: Light
Identifying Characteristics: Long surgical scar on inside of right arm, surgical scar on right leg from knee replacement.
Clothing: White silk shirt, silk patterned slacks.
Jewelry: Long beaded necklace.
Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Paige was last seen speaking to an unknown black male on the side of I-96, near the Fowlerville exit. Her vehicle was later located abandoned on I-96 with the key still in ignition and the engine still running. The front door was unlocked and her purse and shoes were found inside.
Investigative Agency: Livingston County Sheriff's Office
Phone: (517) 546-2440
Investigative Case #: 147-4661-90
NCIC #: M-250465529

monkalup - October 10, 2006 11:25 AM (GMT)
Police Still Trying to Solve Local Cold Case
May 24, 2005, 4:44 PM

An Okemos woman disappears without a trace, now more than a decade later, detectives are still trying to figure out what happened to Paige Renkoski. It was 15 years ago when Livingston County sheriffs deputies were called to what looked like an abandoned vehicle on the side of I-96 near Fowlerville, but as the hours passed, the call turned into much more.

It seems like every month a missing person story catches the attention of the nation. If you watched TV news, or read the newspaper in mid-Michigan, back in May of 1990, chances are you heard about Paige Renkoski. She's the Okemos woman who mysteriously disappeared in broad daylight off the side of a busy freeway and hasn't been seen or heard from ever since.

Det. Sgt. Sean Furlong, Michigan State Police, Brighton Post: "This case kind of sticks in everyone's mind, you say Paige, everyone knows what you're talking about."

Paige Renkoski was wearing a necklace, pants and a white shirt. She had just dropped her mother off at Detroit Metro Airport, but little did her mother realize she would never see Paige again.

Det. Sgt. Sean Furlong: "There's a little bit of mystery there, and that's what we do, and she just, it's unusual she disappeared off the side of the freeway in a very unusual manner."

On her way home to Okemos, Paige pulled her car off onto the shoulder of westbound I-96 near Fowlerville. Hours later, police found her car still running, her shoes and purse inside.

Det. Al Steinaway, Livingston County Sheriff's Dept.: "I was on duty the day that this began. When we located her car and realized that she was a missing person, and I was involved, pretty much as the lead investigator for 9 years."

Al Steinaway says Paige's case is unfinished business he'd like to wrap up, hoping to find Paige and give closure to her family.

Det. Al Steinaway: "There aren't any really hot leads, but there are leads that keep coming in periodically that we keep trying to chase down and check out."

Det. Lt. Todd Luzod, Livingston County Sheriff's Dept.: "All the information we have, we would suspect foul play and that she'll never return."

Detectives have followed through with more than 1,000 tips, many from witnesses who were driving on I-96 that day, and say they saw Paige standing outside of her parked car, talking with 2 men with a maroon van.

Det. Sgt. Sean Furlong: "There seemed to be a fairly consistent story of the vehicle and the number of individuals by her vehicle and the description of them."

Detectives with the State Attorney General's Office just finished going through the tips again, hoping more sets of eyes might see something that could lead them to Paige.

Det. Sgt. Sean Furlong: "With each passing year, I imagine it's going to be harder and harder, but if we can find the people that did this, hopefully they'll be able to lead us to where she's at."

Detectives thought they were close to unraveling the mystery 4 years ago, but the case stalled when a promising suspect, in prison on a carjacking offense, refused to take a lie detector test.

Det. Sgt. Sean Furlong: "It's even more frustrating, that when you think you're almost there, and after all the work and all that effort and all that time, and then to go back to square 1, it's very frustrating."

They may be back to square 1, but that's not stopping the detectives from continuing to look into new leads in hopes of being able to finally lay Paige to rest.

Det. Sgt. Sean Furlong: "On my desk, there's a picture of Paige, it's sitting right there next to a picture of my children. I look at her picture every day when I come into work, just to remind myself that that question is still unanswered."

Detectives believe that suspect in prison may know something that could help them find Paige. He's agreed to take the lie detector test next month, and if he follows through this time, it could be the break detectives have been waiting for. If you know anything about Paige's disappearance, call the Livingston County Sheriff's Department.

http://www.wlns.com/global/story.asp?s=338...tType=Printable

monkalup - October 10, 2006 11:26 AM (GMT)
Disappointing Setback in Missing Woman Case
Aug 24, 2005, 04:35 PM

Paige Renkoski was on her way home from taking her mother to Detroit Metropolitan Airportwhen for some reason, she stopped her car along the shoulder of I-96 near Fowlerville. She was last seen standing outside of her cartalking with 2 men. Police thought they may have found 1 of those men.

Robert Bezotte, Livingston County Sheriff: "H e's in prison for a similar type crime, carjacking of a young female, matter of fact, it happened 2 weeks after the Paige Renkoski disappearance. He's been bragging in prison that he's involved in this case."

For 4 years, a team of investigators focused their time and efforts on the man, and just last week, a long-awaited lie detector test, coupled with other evidence,led police to believe he had nothing to do with Paige's disappearance.

Robert Bezotte: "It is very frustrating when you think you've got a suspect and you're close to solving the case, and you find out that this guy's just, ah, you know, playing around and having fun and toying with law enforcement."

Police are considering charging the man with obstruction of justice,but say they're not sorry they pursued the lead.

Robert Bezotte: "It was necessary for us to do everything we could to see if this guy's involved."

Disappointed, frustrated, but optimistic,investigators are starting their investigation over.

Robert Bezotte: "We're gonna reopen the case and start from scratch and see if we can look at something that maybe we've missed."

That means combing through more than 1,000 tips again, and appealing for help.

Robert Bezotte: "This case is very solvable if we get the right information, so we're looking for somebody out there that, that might know something."

Police do get new tips on Paige's disappearance. Just last week, 1 came through the Ingham County Sheriff's Department. Investigators are looking into that information for anything that could help find Paigeand end years of frustration and anguish for Paige's family.

http://www.wlns.com/Global/story.asp?S=3761922&nav=0RbQdi1x

monkalup - October 10, 2006 11:27 AM (GMT)
Copyright 1999 Associated Press
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The Associated Press State & Local Wire

May 25, 1999, Tuesday, BC cycle



HEADLINE: Homicide task force to revisit 1990 disappearance

DATELINE: HOWELL, Mich.


A task force will look for new leads in the highly publicized 1990 disappearance of an Okemos woman, authorities said Monday.

Two state police detectives and three Livingston County sheriff's detectives will comprise "New Hope," which will focus on the disappearance of Paige Marie Renkoski.

"Our investigation has not revealed what happened to Paige," Livingston County sheriff's Detective Ivan Deering said in a written release. "The task force will follow all avenues until they are proven or eliminated, because this case is a mystery."

Ms. Renkoski - a substitute teacher who lived with her fiance in DeWitt Township - was last seen on May 24, 1990. She left her home that morning to drive her mother to Detroit Metropolitan Airport, then stopped to visit a friend in Wayne County's Canton Township. After leaving her friend's house, she headed back to the Lansing area.

Witnesses told police that between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. that day, they saw Ms. Renkoski's mother's car stopped on the shoulder off westbound Interstate 96 just east of the Fowlerville exit. They also said they saw Ms. Renkoski standing behind the car, talking with a man whose vehicle was described as a maroon or burgundy minivan.

Ms. Renkoski, then 30, was not seen afterward.

About 8 p.m. that evening, her mother's unlocked car was found in the same place it had been seen earlier, its motor running and with Ms. Renkoski's purse and shoes inside.

Police say the woman's fiance is not a suspect.

"We've known from day one that somebody out there knows what happened to Paige Renkoski," Deering told the Lansing State Journal for a story Tuesday. "We feel this case is solvable."

Ms. Renkoski's mother, Ardis Renkoski, said that when it comes to her daughter's what may have happened to her daughter, "I don't allow myself to speculate." But the mother added: "I don't want to live in tragedy."

"I think it's time to bring it again to people's attention," she told the Detroit Free Press for a story Tuesday. "I feel they should come forward ... to give our family some peace."

Investigators have received more than 900 tips over the years. But "New Hope" will use a new system developed by the FBI that allows tips to be cross-referenced, and has created a computer-enhanced picture of what Ms. Renkoski might look like today.

In the meantime, investigators still keep an open mind about what perhaps happened to Ms. Renkoski - whether she vanished on her home or whether she was abducted.

"We'll give both theories equal time," Deering told the Lansing newspaper.

A $ 25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the woman's disappearance.

"We need to bring this back to the forefront," Deering said. "We need to bring closure."





monkalup - October 10, 2006 11:27 AM (GMT)
Copyright 2002 Associated Press
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The Associated Press State & Local Wire

May 31, 2002, Friday, BC cycle

SECTION: State and Regional

LENGTH: 398 words

HEADLINE: Two suspects ID'd, 1 questioned in woman's 1990 disappearance

DATELINE: FOWLERVILLE, Mich.

BODY:
Police have identified two suspects in the 1990 disappearance of a 30-year-old substitute teacher, whose car was left running with her purse inside along Interstate 96.

Paige Renkoski of Clinton County's DeWitt Township last was seen on May 24, 1990. She left her home that morning to drive her mother to Detroit Metropolitan Airport, then stopped to visit a friend in Wayne County's Canton Township.

After leaving her friend's house, she headed back to the Lansing area.

Investigators have developed composite drawings of two suspects, state police Sgt. Larry R. Bohnsack and Livingston County sheriff's Detective Lt. Todd A. Luzod told The Detroit News for a story Friday.

Two Detroit men, at least one of whom is in prison, have been identified as suspects, police said. They said they have questioned one suspect, who was 17 at the time of the disappearance, and said he flunked a polygraph exam.

"There is not quite enough to charge anyone yet, but we are moving forward with this case," Bohnsack said. "We believe it to have been random. Some new developments are very promising and we are confident this will be solved."

In 1999, the county and state formed a task force to seek new clues in the case. The FBI now has joined as well. The case has generated more than 1,015 tips.

Renkoski's mother, Ardis Renkoski, said in 1999 that when it comes to her daughter's what may have happened to her daughter, "I don't allow myself to speculate." But the mother added: "I don't want to live in tragedy."

"I think it's time to bring it again to people's attention," she told the Detroit Free Press then. "I feel they should come forward ... to give our family some peace."

The FBI joined the task force because of new information, Bohnsack said, but he declined to provide details.

"We have brought everyone from psychologists to a psychic from Pennsylvania on this," said Luzod.

A state police psychologist has conducted recall sessions with some motorists who briefly saw Renkoski along the expressway.

"It's like pieces of a movie film strip," said Luzod. "Snatches of maybe a few seconds of activity as motorists pass by her car and the van.

"She is seen outside her car ... then talking to a man gesturing with her hands up in the air ... and then with the man putting a hand on her shoulder. ... Put together, they show us a series of events."


monkalup - October 10, 2006 11:28 AM (GMT)
radio segment
2005-05-29 Radio segment about Paige Renkoski:

http://www.whmi.com/download.php/Viewpoint...geRenkowski.mp3

monkalup - October 10, 2006 11:28 AM (GMT)
New tip on missing teacher fails to pan out
Friday, May 26, 2006

Livingston Briefs

The most recent tip in the disappearance of substitute teacher Paige Renkowski has turned out to be a dead end, according to the Sheriff's Department. It was 16 years ago that Renkowski vanished in Livingston County. Investigators for years have been focusing on a man currently in jail on a carjacking charge. Police said the man lied about his involvement. Sheriff's deputies said Renkowski's disappearance is now considered a cold case. The 30-year-old Okemos resident was last seen May 24, 1990. Her car was found parked along I-96 in Fowlerville

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artic.../605260397/1015

monkalup - October 10, 2006 12:00 PM (GMT)

monkalup - June 30, 2007 05:56 PM (GMT)
http://thelisalog.blogs.com/the_lisa_log/m...rson/index.html

From The Lisa Life blog:

A Candle For Paige

Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the disappearance of Paige Renkoski. Paige disappeared on May 24, 1990, here in Livingston County.

I remember this well because although I lived in Pennsylvania at the time, I had been home for a visit at the time. I'm not positive, but I think May 24, 1990, was a week-end. I remember talking to my mom about it a lot since Paige was only a few years older than me and it was just plain weird for anyone to disappear in Livingston County. Things like that just didn't happen there. This was coming on the heels of two other unsolved homicides in the area. Very strange happenings for Livingston County.

Here are the facts of this still unsolved case.

Paige was a 30 year old substitute teacher from Okemos, Michigan. She was five feet six inches tall, 125 pounds, with blue eyes and blonde hair. She was pretty and had a great smile. That day, she had dropped off her mother at Detroit Metro Airport and on the way back, had stopped to visit a friend in Canton Township. After leaving her friend's, she stopped at a party store and bought a quart of beer.

She headed back to Okemos, eventually ending up on I- 96 going through Livingston County, a very heavily traveled highway.

Her 1986 silver Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais was found idling on the westbound side of I-96. There was no mechanical damage to her car, nor any body damage or a flat tire. The car was running, the door was unlocked, the headlights on and her purse, shoes and beer were still inside, undisturbed. The radio was still on.

There was no sign of a struggle and no sign of Paige.

After flooding the media with her picture in hopes of generating tips, local law enforcement came up with the following facts:

Paige's car was seen weaving in and out of traffic with an older burgandy minivan close behind.

She was spotted on the side of the expressway with a burgandy minivan parked close by, talking to two men.

She was spotted throwing her hands up in the air gesturing and one of the men put his hand on her shoulder.

There was possibly a third man near or in the burgandy minivan.

One passerby in particular became concerned when he first saw Paige's car parked on the side of the expressway and saw her with these men at about 3:30 p.m., then saw her car, running but with no one inside, during his return trip at 7:30 p.m.

Paige was engaged at the time of her disappearance, planning on getting married in November of 1990. Although some friends and family members thought she had some concerns about her impeding marriage and her fiance, no one felt she would abandon the whole thing. No runaway bride here.

She left a sizable sum in her bank account and it has never been touched.

She had an especially close relationship with her mother.

Out of the many tips that came in, law enforcement has identified two suspects, both from the Detroit area. One was a juvenile at the time, seventeen years old, and the other is incarcerated right now due to a carjacking. The juvenile, no longer a juvenile, has failed a lie detector test regarding Paige and the other has refused interviews with law enforcement.

Still, detectives are positive that this case can be solved. Paige's body has never been found. While this may be the fastest growing county in Michigan, there are still many places that are undeveloped, remote and undisturbed here.

Law enforcement believes that it was a random crime. No stated motive.

Also of note, there are three unsolved abductions/homicides in this area from the same time frame. Also considered to be random.

I wonder what would have made Paige pull over. Did the men in the van indicate she had something wrong with her car? Why would they have been following her? An Olds Cutlass Calais, while a nice car, is certainly not flashy, especially not a 4 year old one. In all the things I have read and heard about this case, there was nothing to indicate Paige would have voluntarily disappeared herself. While she may have been having concerns about her upcoming marriage, no one indicated she was freaked out by it or unhappy. More like normal Oh My God, I'm Getting Married concerns. By all accounts, she was responsible and level headed.

The local law enforcement seems hopeful that this will be solved. I don't think at this point anyone expects to find Paige alive and well in say, Costa Rica, but it would be nice to see justice done to those who snuffed out her life so prematurely.

I light a candle for Paige tonight and hope her family and friends know that she is not forgotten.


May 24, 2005

tatertot - June 12, 2009 11:22 AM (GMT)
http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/200...EWS01/906120301

Task force taking on cold case
By Lisa Roose-Church • DAILY PRESS & ARGUS • June 12, 2009

A new task force is hoping they can solve a nearly 20-year-old mystery surrounding the disappearance of a substitute teacher from Okemos who was last seen talking to a man along Interstate 96 in western Livingston County.

The team — comprised of three retired law enforcement officers who represent 110 years of experience — began work this week by reviewing the case file of Paige Marie Renkoski, who was 30 when she vanished from Livingston County virtually without a trace on May 24, 1990.

"You wonder, 'Did I miss something? Could I have done more?' It's always in the back of your mind," Sheriff Bob Bezotte said. "You're always hoping you can solve it."

The team is comprised of retired Westland Police Chief Michael Frayer, retired Mackinac Island Police Chief William Lenaghan and retired Westland Police Officer Joseph Morrow — who all agree they offer fresh pairs of eyes to study the foundation developed by initial investigators. They hope to find the one clue that leads to an arrest.

"Everyone has friends here and there, and you might be able to pull something (investigators) weren't able to before," Lenaghan said. "Everyone makes their best effort, but sometimes it doesn't come together."

The grieving
Renkoski's mother, Ardis Renkoski, has said in the past that she doesn't speculate about what happened to her daughter. Today, she said the task force was too new for her to comment.

"She lives with it each and every day," Bezotte said. "To see what they go through is heart-wrenching. I can't imagine losing a loved one and not knowing what happened to her.

"It would be nice to solve the case, but it's just as important to the family to know what happened and get closure. We haven't even found Paige yet," he added.

Experts on coping with grief say "closure" isn't the same thing as getting over or recovering from a loss.

"Grief never really gets behind us," said David Kessler, who co-authored "On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss" with renowned psychiatrist Dr. Elisabeh Kubler-Ross.

"It stays alongside us," he added.

Kessler said for some people "stuck in a death," finding a missing loved one can help them to begin to focus on their loved one's whole life rather than the tragic death.

The investigation
A passing motorist first saw Renkoski talking to a man standing between her car and a maroon minivan at about 3:30 p.m. May 24, 1990, on the shoulder of westbound I-96, about a quarter-mile east of the Fowlerville exit.

That motorist became concerned when he saw the woman's 1986 silver Oldsmobile Cutlass running with no one inside at about 7:30 p.m. on his return trip. That's when police were called.

Investigators found the car unlocked, with the engine running and the headlights on. Her shoes, purse, a cup of beer and an open bottle of beer were still inside the car.

There was no mechanical problem or damage to the car or its tires.

There was no sign of a struggle.

"She was right at the exit," Bezotte said. "It boggles the mind why she stopped."

Witnesses who underwent cognitive recall sessions with a State Police psychologist have placed Renkoski standing along the freeway talking to either one or two men.

Renkoski also was seen gesturing with her hands in the air as she spoke to a man, and the man putting his hand on her shoulder.

What happened next, however, remains unknown.

Throughout the years, authorities have compared DNA samples related to the Renkoski case whenever a convicted serial killer is connected to the area.

Investigators also have brought in everyone from psychologists to a psychic from Pennsylvania in the hopes of getting clues to the woman's disappearance.

Their investigation developed two possible suspects — both from the Detroit area. A 17-year-old juvenile reportedly failed a lie detector test about Renkoski.

Meanwhile, a man imprisoned in 2002 who bragged about his involvement in the case eventually was crossed off the suspect list after a lie detector test and other evidence convinced police he had nothing to do with Renkoski's disappearance.

The first task force
In 1999, two State Police detectives and three county sheriff's detectives comprised a "New Hope" task force to look at the cold case.

They investigated two theories — whether Renkoski disappeared on her own or whether she was abducted.

"The end result is we believe she was abducted," Bezotte said.

That task force announced in May 2001 that they had a suspect whom they said was "connected" to the maroon minivan. The suspect was identified after new technology allowed authorities to cross-reference more than 1,000 tips in the case, and uncover leads which had seemed unrelated.

Yet, no lead has led to the answer that would solve the case.

Bezotte is hoping to procure a grant to fund the new cold case squad. His department sought a grant in conjunction with Washtenaw County in 2008, but was denied.

Success is possible
The new task force team members admit their success in solving the case will be a hard road.

"Witnesses may not be alive anymore. Evidence will be hard to find. Witnesses may have gotten married or changed their names or moved away," Frayer said.

Yet, success can be found if investigators find that one clue or piece of information that completes the puzzle.

That is what happened in 2006 when local authorities solved the cold case of Sunoco clerk Jessica Fear, who was found stabbed to death Sept. 9, 2003, at the Fowlerville business.

Leonard James Westervelt of Lansing subsequently pleaded guilty to Fear's murder and was sentenced to 28-70 years in prison.

Cold case teams are solving mysteries nationwide and prosecutors are getting convictions in the cases.

Veteran Detective Stephanie Lazarus, 49, was charged with murder Monday in Las Vegas in the slaying of her ex-boyfriend's wife in 1986 — a crime that went unsolved for more than two decades as she rose through the Los Angeles Police Department ranks, according to media reports.

She was identified as a suspect through a recent DNA match of saliva taken from bite marks on Sherri Rasmussen's body, Deputy Chief Charlie Beck told media.

Bezotte is hoping for a similar resolution for the Renkoski family.

"I really believe, even with (the case) as old as it is, there are people out there who know what happened," he said. "I believe the case is solvable."

tatertot - August 3, 2009 12:03 PM (GMT)
http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/200...NEWS01/90803003

Team sharpens focus of 1990 disappearance
By Lisa Roose-Church • Daily Press & Argus • August 3, 2009

The three-member task force reviewing the case of an Okemos teacher who vanished in 1990 in Livingston County has identified “half a dozen” people “we’re focusing on,” one of the investigators said.

The cold-case team has also narrowed the time frame when Paige Renkoski went missing. She was last seen alive at 4:10 p.m., when a witness saw her standing along westbound Interstate 96 near the Fowlerville exit in Livingston County on May 24, 1990. Previously, the last sighting had believed to have been at 3:30 p.m.
She was gone by 7:30 p.m., when a witness saw her car empty, and still running, in the same location.

“We believe it was a crime of opportunity,” task force member Bill Lenaghan said Thursday.

Lenaghan, who is a retired Mackinac Island police chief, said of one of those six individuals identified as a person of interest was murdered in Detroit in 1999 and some of the others are incarcerated. The team is working on getting a photograph of the murdered man, whom Lenaghan did not identify, to show to witnesses.

“He’s come up several times in previous investigations as being a party to the other three (people of interest),” the retired chief said, noting that the murdered man once owned a maroon minivan similar to the one witnesses describe seeing stopped behind Renkoski’s vehicle.

The murdered man was also a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run collision in the Detroit area involving the same van, Lenaghan said.

The task force received three tips after a June article announcing they were reviewing the case. One of those tips was a “rehash” of a previous tip, but it did “open an area” that investigators want to pursue further, Lenaghan said.

The cold-case team is working on two scenarios to explain what happened to Renkoski. The first scenario involves “three or four” people and the second involves two people, Lenaghan said.

One of the groups has ties to a Detroit gang while the other is believed to be part of a group of car thieves. The murdered man has ties to one of those groups, but Lenaghan declined to give specific details due to the ongoing investigation.

Lenaghan said they also have submitted to the Michigan State Police crime lab a palmprint taken from Renkoski’s vehicle and a fingerprint from an unidentified piece of evidence that were never tested. He is hoping that the prints match prints that would have been placed in the database since Renkoski’s disappearance.

“We’ve eliminated most of the people who could have made the prints,” Lenaghan said. “It’s normal to do that in a case like this. So far, nothing outstanding is coming up, but we’re reinterviewing people from before … and following some leads.”

Lenaghan said police have received more than 1,100 leads in the case since 1990. This time around, they have been able to eliminate about 50-100 of those leads as “having no bearing” on the case.

The team also is working on reinterviewing witnesses, who have agreed to undergo a forensic interview in which they are placed in a relaxed state to better recall information. It was a technique original investigators had used.

The cold-case team hopes to set up those interviews this week.

Sheriff Bob Bezotte, who established the team and once investigated the Renkoski case, said he is encouraged by the group’s work so far.

“It helps to reopen things and get a different perspective,” he said. “I’m greatly appreciative for their volunteering their time.”

monkalup - August 8, 2009 10:55 PM (GMT)
New Leads Emerge In Cold Case
Task Force Identifies Persons Of Interest In Paige Renkoski Case

POSTED: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
UPDATED: 4:17 pm EDT August 4, 2009

DETROIT -- New details on a missing persons case that has spanned decades have emerged.

After a cold case team announced it was going to open up the case of a missing 30-year-old Okemos teacher who vanished in 1990 in Livingston County, new tips came in.

Watch: 19-Year-Old Missing Person Case Cracked Open

Since then, a three-member task force reviewing the case was able to determine a new timeline, new people of interest and technology that can test new evidence.

The cold case team narrowed the time frame of when Paige Renkoski went missing. A witness saw Renkoski standing along westbound Interstate 96 near Fowlerville exit in Livingston County at 4:10 p.m. on May 24 1990.

Previously, the last sighting was believed to be at 3:30 p.m.

Renkoski was gone by 7:30 p.m., that's when a witness saw her car still running in the same location. Her purse and shoes were still inside.

"There have been things that have come up that people remember that they didn't in the initial interviews and the have substantiated some of the facts that we do have, and this makes a stronger case for us," said lead investigator Bill Lenaghan.

The task force has uncovered at least six people of interest in the case. Many of the people of interest are behind bars, but one man who owned a maroon minivan similar to the one that was seen behind Renkoski's vehicle was murdered in 1999.

Investigators said the man's name had come up as a person interest in previous investigations.

The task force said it was working one two scenarios to explain Renkoski's death.

"One scenario involves one person and the other scenario involves as many as four," said cold case investigator Michael Frayer.

One of the groups being investigated has ties to a Detroit gang while the other is believed to be a part of a group of car thieves.

Investigators said the murdered man has ties to one of the groups, but they wouldn’t say which one.

Never before tested finger and palm prints taken from her vehicle could also bring new answers.

"That is what we're hoping, by looking at this in a different light and bringing certain things into play that we may be able to come up with some identification into who was there," said Lenaghan.

Investigators are hoping the prints will match the prints entered in the database since Renkoski's disappearance.

http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/20274671/detail.html

monkalup - August 15, 2009 01:41 PM (GMT)
http://www.detnews.com/article/20090815/ME...s-disappearance
Task force picks up 1990 case of woman's disappearance
Valerie Olander / The Detroit News
Howell -- It's been 19 years since Paige Renkoski, a 30-year-old substitute teacher from DeWitt Township, near Okemos, vanished without a trace.

Her 1986 silver Cutlass Calais abandoned on I-96 less than a half-mile from the Fowlerville exit. Her purse and shoes left inside her idling car. The radio and headlights still on, driver's side door unlocked.

"This is the one that sticks in everyone's mind. People remember the details: the car running, the purse and shoes inside. Many still remember her name," said Mike Frayer, former Westland Police chief and one of three recruited for the new Livingston County Cold Case Task Force.

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This is the third task force set up to investigate Renkoski's disappearance.

With the help of new technology, evidence that has been packed away has been resubmitted with the hopes of getting some useful leads. New fingerprint and palm print evidence never before tested has been submitted to the Michigan State Police crime lab.

"There was quite a bit of evidence in storage. The prints were unidentifiable then. If we can get a match now, maybe we can at least put someone at the scene," said lead investigator Bill Lenaghan, former Mackinac Island police chief.

The newly assembled task force has narrowed the timeline of when Renkoski was last seen standing on the side of the freeway gesturing with her hands in the air. At least one man was seen near a maroon minivan.

The time had been set at 3:30 p.m. The task force moved the time up to 4:10 p.m. after talking to a new witness and re-interviewing others, Lenaghan said.

The open case troubles police who have been tracking tips for nearly two decades. Many of the original officers are nearing retirement and want Renkoski found, Lenaghan said.

"There are a lot officers concerned about solving this," Lenaghan said.

Lt. Todd Luzod, who was the original case detective, is assigned to oversee the task force.

Lenaghan, Frayer and Joe Morrow, a retired Westland officer and private investigator, are tackling a four-shelf, double-wide metal filing cabinet full of reports, interviews, documented evidence and 1,100 tips.

A tip line has been set up at (517) 546-8477.

volander@detnews.com (734) 462-2203

mimi - October 23, 2009 11:18 PM (GMT)
Sketch released in cold case
By Lisa Roose-Church • DAILY PRESS & ARGUS • October 23, 2009

The cold-case team looking into Paige Marie Renkoski's disappearance also is rechecking a tip from the late 1990s that claims the 30-year-old woman is buried on land in the area of Sober Road in the far northwestern corner of Livingston County.
The three-member team also continues to pursue five or six people of interest, including a convicted murderer serving time in a Michigan prison and associates of an Illinois inmate who died while in prison.
"They are pieces of the puzzles without a bridge," William Lenaghan, a member of the cold-case team, said Thursday.
Renkoski, a substitute teacher, was last seen talking to a man standing between her car and a minivan at about 3:30 p.m. May 24, 1990, on the shoulder of westbound I-96, about a quarter-mile east of the Fowlerville exit.
Renkoski's 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass was found at about 8 p.m. in the same location, unlocked, with the engine running and the headlights on. Her shoes and purse were still inside the vehicle.
Police have ruled the case a homicide even though Renkoski's body has never been found.
Lenaghan said the cold-case team has narrowed more than 1,000 tips down to about 50 items — ranging from suspicious activity to people talking about the case.
Among those tips is a Windsor, Ontario, truck driver — who had been interviewed before. He told investigators in September that he had been "bothered" by the case and, after reading about it, believed it was time to share his memories again. His information has led to a more detailed sketch of a possible suspect, investigators said.
The man said he was traveling on westbound I-96 near Fowlerville when he saw a blonde woman sitting inside a light-colored, mid-sized vehicle parked on the shoulder. Although he could not say the woman was Renkoski, the time of the sighting, the description of her vehicle and the location matches Renkoski's case, task force member Michael Frayer said.
The witness described the man as black and "extremely tall."
"We've gone through the tips, and there are at least 15 tips that match this description also," Lenaghan said, noting that officers had the man meet with a sketch artist from the Ontario Provisional Police Department.
Those tips led to a description of a black male wearing a white shirt, tie, dark trousers and a dark-colored long coat. The man also was wearing glasses and had a three-day growth of facial hair.
All witnesses put the man at 6 feet or taller.
"The subject was so tall his arms were on the car roof as he was leaning over talking to her, sitting behind the wheel," said Frayer, who is a retired Westland police chief.
Other witnesses have said they saw a red or maroon vehicle parked behind Renkoski's vehicle, but the Ontario man recalls seeing a light green Ford Windstar parked in front of the blonde woman's vehicle. He recalls having to change lanes as a result.
"They appeared to be at ease, laughing and talking to each other," Frayer said.
Lenaghan said the team is still looking to talk with "five or six people" they believe are of interest until a determination can be made whether they are suspects.
A person of interest they can't talk to is Ralph Andrews, an Illinois inmate who died in prison in 2007. Frayer said Andrews "alluded to murders in Michigan," and the cold-case team wants to see if his time in Michigan included the Fowlerville area at the time of Renkoski's disappearance.
Investigators are also pursuing an anonymous tip, which includes a "very well-drawn map," indicating that Renkoski's body may be buried in the Sober Road area in Conway Township.
However, the area is about 100 acres, and includes wooded areas and swampy areas. Special equipment is needed to search the area for human remains, which would help the team narrow the search, Frayer said.
"We have talked to the homeowners in that location and they have agreed to cooperate, if we can find the equipment we need to do it," Lenaghan, a retired Mackinac Island police chief, said.
The investigators declined to be more specific about the land, but Frayer described the area as "a good cross of Michigan's terrain."
Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte, who established the team and once investigated the Renkoski case, said he is encouraged by the group's work so far.
"We all strongly feel this case hinges on somebody who hasn't come forward, but has seen something, heard something or knows something," Frayer said.
Retired Westland Police Officer Joseph Morrow is the third member of the cold-case team.
Contact Daily Press & Argus reporter Lisa Roose-Church at (517) 552-2846 or at lrchurch@gannett.com

http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/200...ed-in-cold-case

Ell - October 24, 2009 11:39 AM (GMT)


October 23, 2009


Cold case team revisits Renkoski disappearance

Woman disappeared on I-96 in 1990

By LISA ROOSE
Livingston Daily Press & Argus

Police have released a new sketch of a man a witness said he saw near the vehicle of an Okemos woman who vanished from I-96 in Livingston County nearly 20 years ago.

The cold-case team looking into Paige Marie Renkoski's disappearance also is rechecking a tip from the late 1990s that claims the 30-year-old woman is buried on land in the area of Sober Road in the far northwestern corner of Livingston County.

The three-member team also continues to pursue five or six people of interest, including a convicted murderer serving time in a Michigan prison and associates of an Illinois inmate who died while in prison.


"They are pieces of the puzzles without a bridge," William Lenaghan, a member of the cold-case team, said Thursday.


Renkoski, a substitute teacher, was last seen talking to a man standing between her car and a minivan at about 3:30 p.m. May 24, 1990, on the shoulder of westbound I-96, about a quarter-mile east of the Fowlerville exit.


Renkoski's 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass was found at about 8 p.m. in the same location, unlocked, with the engine running and the headlights on. Her shoes and purse were still inside the vehicle.


Police have ruled the case a homicide even though Renkoski's body has never been found.


Lenaghan said the cold-case team has narrowed more than 1,000 tips down to about 50 items — ranging from suspicious activity to people talking about the case.


Among those tips is a Windsor, Ontario, truck driver — who had been interviewed before. He told investigators in September that he had been "bothered" by the case and, after reading about it, believed it was time to share his memories again. His information has led to a more detailed sketch of a possible suspect, investigators said.


The man said he was traveling on westbound I-96 near Fowlerville when he saw a blonde woman sitting inside a light-colored, mid-sized vehicle parked on the shoulder. Although he could not say the woman was Renkoski, the time of the sighting, the description of her vehicle and the location matches Renkoski's case, task force member Michael Frayer said.


The witness described the man as black and "extremely tall."


"We've gone through the tips, and there are at least 15 tips that match this description also," Lenaghan said, noting that officers had the man meet with a sketch artist from the Ontario Provisional Police Department.


Those tips led to a description of a black male wearing a white shirt, tie, dark trousers and a dark-colored long coat. The man also was wearing glasses and had a three-day growth of facial hair.


All witnesses put the man at 6 feet or taller.


"The subject was so tall his arms were on the car roof as he was leaning over talking to her, sitting behind the wheel," said Frayer, who is a retired Westland police chief.


Other witnesses have said they saw a red or maroon vehicle parked behind Renkoski's vehicle, but the Ontario man recalls seeing a light green Ford Windstar parked in front of the blonde woman's vehicle. He recalls having to change lanes as a result.


"They appeared to be at ease, laughing and talking to each other," Frayer said.


Lenaghan said the team is still looking to talk with "five or six people" they believe are of interest until a determination can be made whether they are suspects.


A person of interest they can't talk to is Ralph Andrews, an Illinois inmate who died in prison in 2007. Frayer said Andrews "alluded to murders in Michigan," and the cold-case team wants to see if his time in Michigan included the Fowlerville area at the time of Renkoski's disappearance.


Investigators are also pursuing an anonymous tip, which includes a "very well-drawn map," indicating that Renkoski's body may be buried in the Sober Road area in Conway Township.


However, the area is about 100 acres, and includes wooded areas and swampy areas. Special equipment is needed to search the area for human remains, which would help the team narrow the search, Frayer said.


"We have talked to the homeowners in that location and they have agreed to cooperate, if we can find the equipment we need to do it," Lenaghan, a retired Mackinac Island police chief, said.


The investigators declined to be more specific about the land, but Frayer described the area as "a good cross of Michigan's terrain."


Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte, who established the team and once investigated the Renkoski case, said he is encouraged by the group's work so far.


"We all strongly feel this case hinges on somebody who hasn't come forward, but has seen something, heard something or knows something," Frayer said.


Retired Westland Police Officer Joseph Morrow is the third member of the cold-case team.

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article...mplate=printart


Nut44x4 - April 13, 2010 06:02 PM (GMT)
Investigators narrow probe of woman's 1990 disappearance
By Lisa Roose-Church • DAILY PRESS & ARGUS • April 13, 2010

A cold-case team says it has narrowed its investigation into the 1990 disappearance of an Okemos woman to five "strong" people of interest, and investigators are focusing specifically on a Lansing man and a Detroit man.

Mike Frayer, a member of the Livingston County cold-case team, said Monday that both the Lansing man and Detroit man match the description of men witnesses say they saw near the vehicle of Paige Marie Renkoski, who was last seen the afternoon of May 24, 1990,
on the shoulder of westbound Interstate 96, about a quarter-mile east of the Fowlerville exit; and both men have a history of targeting women.

Police are not, however, close to an arrest, Frayer cautioned.

"Someone out there has the one link we need," he noted, adding that the team is "more optimistic" about solving the case since taking it on nearly one year ago. "I think we're making progress."

The team continues to work two theories: Renkoski's disappearance was a road-rage situation that got out of hand, or a man impersonating an officer got her to stop. A third theory that someone may have tried to simulate an accident to gain access to Renkoski has been "pretty much ruled out," retired Westland Police Officer Joseph Morrow said.

Frayer said both people of interest — both of whom he declined to identify — also frequently traveled the I-96 corridor during the time Renkoski vanished. and "their personality issues" and "behavior patterns" raised red flags with the three-member cold-case team. Frayer said one of the men has a history of impersonating a police officer to get women to stop on the expressway.

That man has declined to speak to investigators.

Witnesses have described the man they saw with Renkoski as black and "extremely tall." All witnesses put the man at 6 feet or taller.

Those tips led to a description of a black male wearing a white shirt, tie, dark trousers and a dark, long coat. The man also was wearing glasses and had a three-day growth of facial hair.

On Monday, the cold-case team released aged composite drawings of men witnesses say they saw near Renkoski's vehicle.

Renkoski's 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass was found at about 8 p.m. in the same location, unlocked, with the engine running and the headlights on. Her shoes and purse were still inside the vehicle.

Police have ruled the case a homicide even though Renkoski's body has never been found.

Cold-case team member William Lenaghan, a retired Mackinac Island police chief, said some details are eerily similar to the case of Beverly Wyvell, who was found shot in Washtenaw County about seven months before Renkoski, a substitute teacher, went missing. He said Wyvell was at Griffith Park in Canton Township prior to her murder.

Police later found Wyvell's purse, shoes and keys in her vehicle, which had been left at the park, Lenaghan said.

"Paige spent time at the park" with a girlfriend the day she vanished, Frayer noted.

The cold-case team also has a meeting with FBI behavioral analysts. The team hopes the analysts can help solidify a profile of the person responsible for Renkoski's disappearance.

The cold-case team also hopes to recheck a tip from the late 1990s that claims the 30-year-old woman is buried on land in the area of Sober Road in Conway Township, in the far northwestern corner of Livingston County.

However, the area is about 100 acres, and includes wooded and swampy areas. Special equipment is needed to search the area for human remains, which would help the team narrow the search.

The investigators declined to be more specific about the land, but Frayer has described the area as "a good cross of Michigan's terrain."

Anyone with information is asked to call the cold-case team at (517) 540-7879 or at (517) 540-7880.

Sketches at the link of suspects...can't get it here.
http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/201.../NEWS01/4130315

mimi - April 13, 2010 07:09 PM (GMT)
Police sketches at left and second from left depict the man witnesses say they saw near the vehicle of Paige Marie Renkoski, who was last seen May 24, 1990, on the shoulder of westbound Interstate 96, about a quarter-mile east of the Fowlerville exit. The sketches at second from right and at right show aged versions of the original sketches. (Courtesy of Livingston County Sheriff's Department)

Nut44x4 - April 18, 2010 04:24 PM (GMT)
Detectives Close To Solving Cold Case
Posted: Apr 18, 2010 10:25 AM EDT

Detectives say they're getting closer to finding an answer in the case of a missing Okemos woman. It's been nearly twenty years since Paige Renkoski went missing after she stopped on the shoulder of I-96 in Fowlerville. Since then investigators have sifted through more than 1,000 tips. They say it's finally paying off. Her picture hangs in an office as a reminder to Bill Leneghan and other investigators of what they're fighting for. A fight they hope is almost over.

Bill Lenaghan, cold case team investigator: "In our eyes at this point, this is a very warm case, in fact almost border on being a very hot case."

It's the 20 year mystery surrounding Paige FRenkoski. Back in May of 1990, police found her car on the shoulder of I-96 near Fowlerville in Livingston County. It was parked and still running, her purse and shoes inside, but Renkoski had disappeared. Now investigators say they're closer than ever to finding the person responsible.

Bill Lenaghan: "I think we're developing things along the lines that will make us, give us some answers to some of the questions that have come up in the past."

Investigators have five leads, two of which they're keeping a close eye on. A composite was drawn back in 1999, another a decade later. Both key suspects fit the descriptions. Now Leneghan says he's working harder than ever to get the evidence he needs to make an arrest.

Bill Lenaghan: "We're closer now than we were much, much closer than we were, say in September, October of last year."

Leneghan says someone out there knows something, all it takes is one witness, one tip, one breakthrough to figure out what happened to Paige Renkoski. Investigators say they plan to sit down with the FBI at the end of April to see if criminal profilers can help with the case.

http://www.wlns.com/Global/story.asp?S=12330757

tatertot - June 3, 2010 01:38 PM (GMT)
http://www.whmi.com/news/article/10242

Cold Case Unit Continues Work On Anniversary Of Missing Woman
May 24, 2010

5/24/10 - On the 20th anniversary of the disappearance of an Okemos woman, a local cold case team continues to piece together a very tough puzzle. On May 24th, 1990, substitute teacher Paige Renkoski’s Oldsmobile Cutlass was found in Fowlerville along I-96 still running with her shoes and purse inside. A three-member cold case unit through the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department says not a day goes by that they aren’t working to solve the mysterious case. 70 new tips have been generated over the past year and five or six persons of interest have been identified in southeast Michigan, with three of those standing out more than others. The team met with WHMI in an exclusive interview Monday afternoon and Investigators Bill Lenaghan, Michael Frayer and Joseph Morrow say they have a pretty good vision of what happened to Renkoski but are still seeking the final piece of the puzzle. They say there's one person out there who knows what happened and has the information but for whatever reason has not come forward. Investigators say it has been 20 years now and it's time for that person to step up and do the right thing so justice can be served and the family can have closure. They also sent a message to the person responsible - "Don't get too comfortable and start looking over your shoulder because we're coming for you. It may not be around the corner but we will be". The team spent the morning in neighboring jurisdictions, exploring other cold cases that could have similarities to Renkoski’s. It’s also partnered up with the FBI’s behavioral analysis unit and now has access to new resources. The team encourages anyone with information to contact the Sheriff’s Department or its tip line at 517-546-TIPS. (JM)

Nut44x4 - February 20, 2011 10:47 AM (GMT)
The cold-case team working in Livingston County says these sketches represent the men that witnesses have said they saw near the vehicle of Okemos resident Paige Marie Renkoski, who has been missing since 1990. The team and Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte will provide an update on the case during a Wednesday news conference. (SUBMITTED SKETCHES) at link......I can't get them in here*

Six possible suspects identified in 1990 disappearance of woman along freeway
By Lisa Roose-Church • DAILY PRESS & ARGUS • February 20, 2011

After logging more than 4,300 investigation hours chasing tips in the 1990 disappearance of an Okemos woman, a cold-case team said it has identified six possible suspects in the case.

The team also hopes to use special sonar equipment in the spring as it follows tips suggesting three Livingston County properties where substitute teacher Paige Marie Renkoski may be buried.

Officials would not confirm the locations being eyed, except to say the sites are in Fowlerville, Tyrone Township and Genoa Township.

"We're definitely closer to solving it," Sheriff Bob Bezotte said, noting police are not close to an arrest. "We're further ahead than we were two years ago," when the cold-case team first began its mission.

The cold-case team and Bezotte are expected to hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Livingston County Sheriff's Department in Howell to provide an update to the investigation.

They also will provide information on the team's investigation into the unsolved murder of Anthony "Nikki" Nicholas, whose body was discovered in 2003 in Green Oak Township.

Cold-case team member William "Bill" Lenaghan said sketches of the six suspects in the Renkoski case are being sent to a witness who lives in the Oscoda County area and who saw Renkoski the afternoon of May 24, 1990, on the shoulder of westbound Interstate 96, about a quarter-mile east of the Fowlerville exit.

On Thursday, Lenaghan declined to identify the suspects, but said all witnesses have given the same general suspect description — a black male, in his 20s to 30s, well groomed and of medium build. The suspect is between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall.

Renkoski's 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass was found at about 8 p.m. in the same location she was last seen. The vehicle was unlocked, with the engine running and the headlights on. Her shoes and purse were still inside the vehicle.

Police have ruled the case a homicide even though Renkoski's body has never been found.

The cold-case team, which began its work in June 2009, has reviewed 1,100 old and new tips. It has cleared 867 of those tips, Bezotte said. Its investigation into Renkoski's disappearance also has led to three other cases of alleged criminal activities. Details on those additional investigations were not released.

Anyone with information is asked to call the cold-case team at (517) 540-7879 or at (517) 540-7880. Anonymous phone tips can be left with CrimeStoppers at (800) SPEAK-UP or (800) 773-2587.

http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/201...EWS01/102200303

monkalup - February 22, 2011 05:08 AM (GMT)
6 suspects identified in '90 case
Feb 21, 2011 |


COMPILED FROM REPORTS BY ELISHA ANDERSON, CHRISTINA HALL AND FREE PRESS NEWS SERVICES

Paige Renkoski
Livingston

After logging more than 4,300 hours chasing tips in the 1990 disappearance of Paige Renkoski of Okemos, a police cold-case team said that it has identified six possible suspects, the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus reported Sunday.

"We're definitely closer to solving it," Sheriff Bob Bezotte said, adding, though, that police are not close to an arrest.

The team hopes to use sonar equipment in the spring as it follows tips on sites in Fowlerville, Tyrone Township and Genoa Township where Renkoski may be buried.

The 30-year-old substitute teacher was last seen on May 24, 1990. Her 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass was found that evening on the shoulder of westbound I-96 near Fowlerville. The car was unlocked, with the engine running, the headlights on and her shoes and purse inside.
http://www.freep.com/article/20110221/NEWS...ntified-90-case

tatertot - February 24, 2011 03:11 PM (GMT)
http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/local...ski-20110223-mr

Potential Suspect Sketches in Paige Renkowski Cold Case
Updated: Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011, 7:15 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011, 12:30 PM EST
By ROBIN SCHWARTZ
WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com

The 1990 murder of Paige Renkowski is an unsolved crime that has baffled police for decades. Now, more than 20 years later, investigators have new hope of solving the case.

Snapshots of a then 30-year-old Paige Renkowski frozen in time continue to haunt members of a cold case team working to crack this baffling mystery.

Renkowski disappeared without a trace on May 24, 1990. Her Oldsmobile was found running on the side of I-96 near the Fowlerville exit with her purse and shoes inside.

To this day, no one knows for sure what happened to Renkowski, but since the case was reopened in 2009, police have spent 4,300 hours investigating. They have come up with composite sketches of six potential suspects based on tips from eyewitnesses.

More than 11,000 tips have come in on a killer Renkowski likely knew, who may have been driving a red or burgundy mini van.

At a press conference, police compared the investigation to putting a jigsaw puzzle together. "The pieces got lost 20 years ago, and we're not even sure what the picture's supposed to look like," one person said.

However, they remain certain someone out there has information to answer all the unanswered questions and finally give Renkowski's family some closure.

Adding to this mystery is the fact that Renkowski's body has never been found. However, this spring after the snow melts, police plan to use new ground radar technology to search several sites where she may have been buried.

Ell - May 25, 2011 12:47 PM (GMT)
Paige Renkoski has been missing and presumed dead for 21 years, but the cold case team working toward finding her body hopes it's getting closer, thanks to ground-penetrating radar.

Livingston County Sheriff's Department cold case squad member Mike Frayer, who is leading the investigation, said the group hopes to begin using the borrowed equipment today to search three Livingston County areas identified as possible burial locations for Renkoski. The substitute teacher from Okemos was last seen the afternoon of May 24, 1990, on the shoulder of westbound I-96, about a quarter-mile east of the Fowlerville exit, talking with one to four men.

"It's a real progressive step forward that we can try to find Paige Renkoski physically," Frayer said. "It's extremely meaningful. Probably all three of us have violated the cardinal rule of an investigation -- don't get personally invested. How do you not get personally invested in this case? I don't know how. ... The more we work on it, the more invested we become. We've all got the bit fairly between our teeth now, and no one is giving up.

"It gives me and the other investigators hope," Frayer said. "It's not cold anymore; it's warming up; it's thawing out. This is a technology tool we used to not have."

The radar equipment, which they tested Tuesday at Lakeview Cemetery near Thompson Lake in Howell, was initially designed and used to locate soldiers who were missing in action during the Vietnam War, Frayer said.

Depending on the weather, the team will use the radar beginning today to search the three sites.

The sites are described as being somewhere north of Fowlerville; off Nicholson Road, which runs north and south from Conway Township to Handy Township; and a pond in Genoa Township.

The largest area they will search -- more than 100 acres -- is in a wooded swamp area identified in what Frayer calls a "very detailed map" that was left anonymously on a Michigan State Police detective sergeant's desk in Lansing in 1999. It is a tip, he said, that no one checked out.

The cold case team identified six people of interest, and Frayer said that in the next few weeks, the team hopes to conduct a photographic lineup for a Windsor man who helped them produce a sketch of one suspect.
http://www.freep.com/article/20110525/NEWS...h-missing-woman

Ell - June 1, 2011 12:04 PM (GMT)
HANDY TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Michigan authorities are using portable ground penetrating radar to search for remains of a Lansing-area woman who has been missing for 21 years.

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell, WHMI-FM and The Detroit News report that bones were found Tuesday by searchers in Livingston County's Handy Township. Cold-case team member Mike Frayer says the bones most likely belonged to animals.

Thirty-year-old Paige Renkoski was driving home from Detroit Metropolitan Airport when she disappeared in 1990. Two years ago, a team of retired investigators reopened the case. The sheriff's department has said it has identified six possible suspects.

A dive team also plans to search a small pond in the area near Fowlerville, located about 50 miles northwest of Detroit.
http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/f48...ng-in-Michigan/

Ell - June 3, 2011 12:12 PM (GMT)
Cold case yields up to 40 new tips



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A cold-case team's working theory that a missing Okemos woman was stopped by someone "posing as an authority figure" may have been given a boost Thursday from a new witness.

Cold-case team member Mike Frayer said Thursday that the team has received up to 40 new tips in the last couple of days, thanks to media coverage about its efforts using ground-penetrating radar to search for the body of Paige Renkoski, last seen talking to a man standing between her car and a minivan at about 3:30 p.m. May 24, 1990, on the shoulder of westbound Interstate 96 about a quarter-mile east of the Fowlerville exit.

Among those tips are "seven to eight real interesting" tips that "bear further investigation," Frayer said.

"One lady said she had someone, on a stretch between Howell and Lansing, try two times to get her to pull over and stop," he said. "Some (tipsters) want to look at the pictures (sketches of the suspects) because something struck a nerve when they saw it in the news."

One of the cold-case team's working theories is that someone posed as an authority figure in order to force Renkoski to stop.

Police are trying to piece together what happened to Renkoski between 3:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. from glimpses various witnesses had as they drove by the scene.

Some say she was talking with one person while others say there were two men or up to four men. One witness said a man had his right hand on Renkoski's left bicep's area and was leading her to a second vehicle.

"There's all kinds of different visions of what (people) saw," Frayer said. "There was only one where there was physical touching. Some people saw her talking and laughing."

Renkoski's 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass was found at about 8 p.m. in the same location, unlocked, with the engine running and the headlights on. Her shoes and purse were still inside the vehicle.

Frayer said there was "absolutely nothing wrong with the car." There were no signs the car had been tampered with and no signs that someone had deliberately run Renkoski's car off the road.

Frayer said the cold-case team plans to resume using the ground-penetrating radar Monday.

The team hopes to begin searching more than 100 acres of marsh and woodlands in Cohoctah Township. The area was described in a "very detailed map" that was left anonymously on a Michigan State Police sergeant's desk in Lansing in 1999, investigators said.

On Thursday, the team checked an area off I-96 near the Lake Chemung exit in Genoa Township with no results.

"We didn't think it was anything, but to be safe, we checked," Frayer said. "We saw lots of deer bones; they were obvious deer bones."

The team also found bones earlier in the week at a pond area near the railroad tracks on Nicholson Road south of Grand River Avenue in Handy Township, but they believe those bones belonged to an animal.

The bones were collected, however, and will be taken to an anthropologist at Michigan State University for examination just in case.

If the anthropologist finds the bones are human, the bones will be sent to the Michigan State Police crime lab for analysis.

Meanwhile, the cold-case team continues to work on old tips that are bearing new information as well. The team hopes to show photographs of six "persons of interest" to a truck driver from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, as well as to a woman in Atlanta.
http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/201...ssey=nav%7Chead

Ell - June 8, 2011 01:03 AM (GMT)
Detectives hope a 12 year old clue could help solve a 21 year old mystery. Livingston County investigators have released a letter and map that they believe may lead them to the remains of Paige Renkoski. The Okemos woman went missing in May of 1990.

Believe it or not, it was sitting in a file. Investigators say it was hand delivered to a Lansing-based state police detective in 1999. It was analyzed for fingerprints and none were found, but then it sat for all these years.

Detectives working on the Renkoski case believe it's a legitimate lead. In fact, they're using a radar device to search the ground area indicated on the map. The map is hand drawn. It focuses in on a wooded area northwest of downtown Fowlerville. The map was drafted in pencil with red marker to show the path the author says Renkoski's abductors took. Detectives believe whoever drew it had some sort of experience in drafting. It's neatly drawn and even has a disclaimer in the bottom corner saying the map is not to scale.

The map came in a regular envelope with a two page letter. It's also handwritten in pencil. Detectives believe whoever wrote it neatly printed to disguise their handwriting, and used gloves to prevent leaving fingerprints. The author says he or she recently came into some information about Paige Renkoski which may or may not be true."

It goes on to say the author has tried to verify the information and found many details to be true. The person says they drove the route shown on the map which leads to a dead end and a path into a wooded area, an area the author believes Paige Renkoski's remains were left some nine years before the letter was written. It says, for her family's sake, I hope this story is true. The author says he or she has no idea of who the guys are that did this and has agonized about whether to send the information for fear of wasting police time.

Detectives believe this information can help crack the case. They've been out to the area, talked with the property owner and even searched using a ground radar device. They say they didn't find anything, but may go back out there next week. They're also working on several other new tips coming in.
http://www.wlns.com/Global/story.asp?S=14861071

monkalup - October 3, 2011 09:25 PM (GMT)
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monkalup - October 26, 2011 02:59 AM (GMT)
http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/living...paige-renkowski

New leads in 20-year-old disappearance of Paige Renkoski

New developments in cold case

Photographer: WXYZ


Posted: 10/24/2011

* By: Val Clark By: Val Clark

FOWLERVILLE, Mich. (WXYZ) - Twenty-one years after Paige Renkoski vanished along I-96 near the Fowlerville exit, a team of cold case investigators has a number of promising leads.

"These are all brand new and get us closer to what we're calling "The Resolution," says Investigator Mike Frayer.

Three new composite sketches of three different men were released Monday.

The first sketch is from the memory of a retired state trooper who called police soon after Paige disappeared to report he saw a man taking to her on the side of the road.

The second is from a driver who says a man pulled him over by using a phony police badge. A short time later that driver says he noticed the same man had pulled over a woman.

Police have long thought that's exactly how Paige was stopped. Her purse was found in her running car about 4:00 p.m., May 24, 1990.

The third sketch was drawn from a description given by a female driver who believes she barely escaped a serial killer who's now serving life. The man was a trucker who picked up the woman after her car broke down.

She tells police "when we drove off he told me what I was doing was dangerous and it could be the last thing I ever do."

She went on to tell police she lied to the trucker, saying she had a gun in her purse and he immediately let her out on the side of the road.

Police say that killer may or may not be connected to Paige's disappearance but they'd like to interview him.

There are two other significant developments.

DNA testing is now sophisticated enough to be used to identify a set of palm prints on the outside of Paige's car. Also, because of tips, cadaver dogs will soon be used to search several areas that could be burial sites.

During the two years since the formation of the cold case team 65 tips have been called in.

Anyone else with information is urged to contact the Livingston County Sherriff's Department or Michigan State Police.

Read more: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/living...i#ixzz1bqwkk5IV

monkalup - October 26, 2011 02:25 PM (GMT)
Fresh suspect sketches emerge in Paige Renkoski cold case
7:08 AM, Oct. 25, 2011 |


BY LISA ROOSE-CHURCH

LIVINGSTON DAILY PRESS & ARGUS

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This sketch depicts the man a retired Michigan State Police trooper says he saw peeking into Paige Renkoski's vehicle, which had a white cargo-type van parked behind it. / LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
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This sketch shows the man a motorist said tried to get him to stop on Interstate 94 near the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo exits by showing him a badge. The man did not stop, but he told police that he saw the suspect had stopped a female driver further down the road. Police are looking at it because it fits one of their theories about why Paige Renkoski stopped along Interstate 96.
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A cold-case team has developed new suspect sketches in connection to its search for an Okemos woman last seen in 1990 on an expressway near Fowlerville.

Team member Mike Frayer said the sketch based on a tip from a now-retired Michigan State Police intelligence officer is considered "extremely credible" and a second sketch based on a tip from a woman resembles a former truck driver serving time in New York for four murders.

Investigators are hoping to compare the truck driver's palm print, which was taken after his arrest, with palm prints found on Paige Renkoski's vehicle.

"Somebody out there knows something," Frayer said Monday.

Renkoski was last seen talking to a man standing between her car and a minivan between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. May 24, 1990, on the shoulder of westbound Interstate 96 about a quarter-mile east of the Fowlerville exit.

Police found Renkoski's 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass at around 8 p.m. in the same location she was last seen. It was unlocked, with the engine running and the headlights on. Her shoes and purse were still inside the vehicle.

Police have ruled the case a homicide even though Renkoski's body has never been found.

The sketch based on the retired officer's tip depicts a black man in his late 20s to early 30s, about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and of stocky build, the cold-case team said.

The retired officer, whom the team did not identify, was traveling I-96 to Lansing with his partner when the tipster, a passenger in the vehicle, spotted Renkoski's car on the shoulder of the road. He told investigators that he saw the man peering into the back of Renkoski's car and a cargo-style van parked behind her car.

"He did not see Paige," team member William Lenaghan said. "She could have already been abducted then; or in the van."

The officer reported his information years before, Frayer said, but for whatever reason, it was not relayed between investigators or pursued further.

The second tip is "spookier," Frayer said, explaining how a saleswoman who worked for a photographer accepted a ride from a Hispanic trucker after her vehicle broke down on I-96 about six months before Renkoski went missing. She told officers that once she got into the cab of the semi, the trucker told her: "This is the biggest mistake you ever made."

"She thought fast on her feet," Frayer said. "She clutched her purse and told him that she traveled a lot and she carried a firearm in her purse. He kicked her out. That may have saved her life."

Frayer said he believes the man the witness described resembles a trucker convicted of four murders, including one where he threw a woman off a bridge.

Frayer said the cold-case team is pursuing that convict's DNA to compare to DNA from the Renkoski case.

The third tip comes from a male accountant traveling to Wisconsin on Interstate 94 near Kalamazoo in 1990 when he noticed a black male with an "old, beaten car" flashing a police badge at him in an attempt to get him to stop on the expressway, investigators said.

That tipster told investigators the man flashing the badge had successfully stopped a female motorist farther down the road. He reported the incident to police and just recently sat with a police sketch artist to make the drawing of the man he saw, Frayer said.

Although the tip doesn't appear to be directly tied to Renkoski's case, Frayer said the cold-case team is interested "in any incident that resembles" their working theories in the Renkoski case.

One of the team's theories is that someone posed as a person of authority, such as a cop, in order to get Renkoski to stop alongside I-96.

In June, the cold-case team borrowed ground-penetrating radar to search four areas for the remains of Renkoski. While the searches yielded lots of animal bones, it did not locate Renkoski's remains.

Frayer, a retired police chief from Westland, said the team hopes to use cadaver dogs to search two areas in Conway Township.

"We feel guardedly optimistic," Frayer said about the investigation thus far. "We're establishing more of a foundation."

If you have information for the cold-case team, call the Sheriff's Department at (517) 546-2440.
http://www.freep.com/article/20111025/NEWS...koski-cold-case

monkalup - October 26, 2011 02:28 PM (GMT)
New sketches released involving a decades old cold case
October 25, 2011 12:04 PM

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Paige Renkoski of Okemos went missing back in 1990. Her car was found empty and running along I-94 near the Fowlerville exit in Livingston County.

Numerous tips have poured in, but she has never been found.

Now the Livingston County Sheriff's Department has released new sketches to the media.

The cold case team investigating her case says a man may have attempted to pull cars over on I-94 near Kalamazoo back in 1990 by flashing a police badge.

Investigators have a theory that someone may have pulled over Paige as well while pretending to be an officer.

Right now there are no ties between the tip and her case, but investigators aren't ruling anything out.

If you recognize the man in the sketches you're asked to call the Livingston County Sheriff's Department.
http://www.wwmt.com/news/case-1397452-sketches-county.html

monkalup - October 26, 2011 02:29 PM (GMT)
http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index....ng_i-94_dr.html
Cold case team seeking I-94 drivers in 1990 who may recall man trying to pull cars over by flashing police badge
Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 9:04 AM Updated: Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 10:28 AM
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KALAMAZOO — A cold case police team investigating the 1990 disappearance of a young Okemos woman from the side of a highway near Fowlerville is seeking more people who may have witnessed a man attempting to pull over cars on I-94 near Kalamazoo by flashing a police badge, the Detroit Free Press is reporting.

Police found Paige Renkoski's 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass at around 8 p.m. in the same location she was last seen. It was unlocked, with the engine running and the headlights on. Her shoes and purse were still inside the vehicle. She has never been found.

Now a cold-case team has developed three new suspect sketches in connection to its search. The sketch linked to Kalamazoo is of a man that a driver told police tried to get him to stop on I-94 near Battle Creek and Kalamazoo exits by flashing a badge. The man did not stop.

He told police, though, that he saw the man had stopped a woman driver farther down the road.

That scenario could explain why Paige Renkoski stopped along I-96, police say.

Read the entire Free Press story, and see the other suspect sketches, by clicking here. http://www.freep.com/article/20111025/NEWS...7CFRONTPAGE%7Cs

Police ask anyone who may have information for the cold-case team to call the Livingston County Sheriff's Department at 517-546-2440.

monkalup - October 26, 2011 02:31 PM (GMT)
Investigators Say New Tips Reliable In Renkoski Cold Case
October 25, 2011
Investigators Say New Tips Reliable In Renkoski Cold Case

10/25/11 - A cold case team continues to make progress in the disappearance of an Okemos woman last seen in Fowlerville. Paige Marie Renkoski was last seen alive standing outside of her car along I-96 in 1990. The team is working through the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department and tips have come in from new individuals or others who passed along information in the past and wanted to renew it. The tips received then led to three sketches of suspects being developed about two weeks ago according to investigator Bill Lenaghan. One tip from a retired Michigan State Police intelligence officer is considered extremely credible in which the officer was traveling on I-96 to Lansing with his partner when he spotted a silver vehicle on the shoulder and saw a black man (sketch to the far left) peering into the back of the car. Lenaghan says they assume it was Renkoski’s vehicle and it was consistent with the time frame she went missing. The officer reported the information years ago but it was not relayed between investigators or pursued further. Another tip was from a salesman who was stopped on the freeway on his way to Chicago by a black man who had a police badge (middle sketch) and the third is connected to a former truck driver currently serving time in New York for four murders. Lenaghan says a woman accepted a ride from a man when her vehicle broke down on I-96 in 1989. Lenaghan says the woman told police that once she got in, the trucker (sketch at far right) told her that “this is the biggest mistake you ever made”. She told the man that she traveled a lot and carried a firearm in her purse, at which point the trucker kicked her out. The cold case team is hoping to compare the trucker’s palm print with those found on Renkoski’s vehicle. Lenaghan says every time information goes out, the cold case team receives valuable tips that they follow up on. Anyone with tips about the Renkoski case or any others is asked to contact the team at the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department at (517) 540-7879. (JM)
http://whmi.com/news/article/13289

monkalup - October 26, 2011 02:34 PM (GMT)
nvestigators seek public's help in cold case (with suspect sketches)
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A cold-case team investigating the 1990 disappearance and presumed murder of an Okemos woman last seen on an expressway near Fowlerville released three new suspect sketches today. One witness said a Hispanic man tried to get her to stop on Interstate 94 near Battle Creek and Kalamazoo exit was Hispanic while two other witnesses reported seeing a black man. / Sketches courtesy of county sheriff’s department
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A cold-case team has developed three new suspect sketches in connection to their search for an Okemos woman last seen in 1990 on an expressway near Fowlerville.
Cold case team member Mike Frayer said the sketch based on a tip from a now retired Michigan State Police intelligence officer is considered “extremely credible” and a second sketch based on a tip from a woman resembles a former truck driver serving time in New York for four murders.

Investigators are hoping to compare the truck driver’s palm print, which was taken after his arrest, with palm prints found on Paige Renkoski’s vehicle.

“Somebody out there knows something,” Frayer said this morning.

Renkoski was last seen talking to a man standing between her car and a minivan between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. May 24, 1990, on the shoulder of westbound Interstate 96 about a quarter-mile east of the Fowlerville exit. Police have ruled the case a homicide even though Renkoski’s body has never been found.

The sketch based on the retired officer’s tip depicts a black man in his late 20s to early 30s, about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and of stocky build, the cold case team said.

The retired officer, whom the team did not identify, was traveling I-96 to Lansing with his partner when the officer, a passenger in the vehicle, spotted Renkoski’s car on the shoulder of the road. He told investigators that he saw the black man peering into the back of Renkoski’s car and a cargo-like van parked behind her car.

“He did not see Paige,” team member William Lanaghan said. “She could have already been abducted then; or in the van.”

The officer reported his information years before, Frayer said, but for whatever reason, it was not relayed between investigators or pursued further.

The second tip is “spookier,” Frayer said, explaining how a a saleswoman who worked for a photographer accepted a ride from a trucker after her vehicle broke down on I-96 in 1989. She told officers that once she got into the cab of the semi, the trucker told her: “This is the biggest mistake you ever made.”
“She thought fast on her feet,” Frayer said. “She clutched her purse and told him that she traveled a lot and she carried a firearm in her purse. He kicked her out. That may have saved her life.”

Frayer said he believes the man the witness described resembles a trucker convicted of four murders, including one where he threw a woman off a bridge.

Frayer said the cold case team is pursuing that convict’s DNA to compare to DNA from the Renkoski’s case.

The third tip comes from a female accountant traveling to Wisconsin on Interstate 94 near Kalamazoo in 1990 when she noticed a black male with an “old, beaten car” flashing a police badge at her in an attempt to get her to stop on the expressway, investigators said.

She told investigators the man was Hispanic, and Frayer said various witnesses have reported seeing a black male or males or Hispanic male with Renkoski.

Although the tip doesn’t appear to be directly tied to Renkoski’s case, Frayer said the cold case team is interested “in any incident that resembles” their working theories in the Renkoski case.

One of the team’s theories is that someone posed as a person of authority, such as a cop, in order to get Renkoski to stop alongside I-96.

Anyone with information is asked to call the cold case team at 517-540-7879 or the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department at 517-546-2440.
http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/201...|Frontpage
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monkalup - November 4, 2011 07:19 PM (GMT)
New searches this month in cold case investigation of Lansing-area woman's 1990 disappearance

* THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
* First Posted: November 04, 2011 - 6:33 am
Last Updated: November 04, 2011 - 6:34 am
FOWLERVILLE, Mich. — A cold case team investigating the disappearance of a Lansing-area woman last seen in Livingston County 21 years ago is conducting new searches this month.

Authorities planned to use cadaver dogs Friday to search an area in Eaton County's Delta Township, near Lansing, following a tip from someone who recently learned information about the investigation into Paige Renkoski's disappearance through media reports.

Investigators say the man recalled seeing something unusual in the area years ago.

Authorities also plan a two-day search later this month in Livingston County's Conway Township. That area was searched earlier in the year.

The 30-year-old Okemos woman was driving home from Detroit Metropolitan Airport when she disappeared in May 1990. Police have ruled the case a homicide even though her body hasn't been found.
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/8406...ase-Livingston/

tatertot - November 5, 2011 06:11 AM (GMT)
http://www.thetimesherald.com/article/2011...sing-since-1990

Cold case team searches for woman missing since 1990
10:08 PM, Nov. 4, 2011
The Associated Press

FOWLERVILLE — A cold case team investigating the disappearance of a Lansing-area woman last seen in Livingston County 21 years ago is conducting new searches this month.

Cadaver dogs found nothing Friday in an area in Eaton County's Delta Township, near Lansing, following a tip from someone who recently learned information about the investigation into Paige Renkoski's disappearance through media reports.

Investigators say the man recalled seeing something unusual in the area years ago.

Authorities also plan a two-day search later this month in Livingston County's Conway Township. That area was searched earlier in the year.

The 30-year-old Okemos woman was driving home from Detroit Metropolitan Airport when she disappeared in May 1990. Police have ruled the case a homicide even though her body hasn't been found.




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