GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Family of a Saginaw woman traveled to Grand Rapids in their effort to track down the man accused of murdering her and a 6-year-old girl in a separate incident.
Angelica Olivarez, 23, was found beaten and strangled to death in her Saginaw home April after her 3-year-old son was found wandering the neighborhood. Police later learned he had witnessed his mother's death.
"I wish that we just had more time with her," cousin Ann Nelson said. "She was a beautiful, beautiful girl."
Michael Lawrence, Olivarez's ex-boyfriend, is suspected in her murder.
Olivarez's family was in Grand Rapids to hang wanted posters after they say they got word from one of Lawrence's family members that he might be hiding here.
"We're going to fight this battle for her. She's not here to fight her battle but we're going to fight that battle for her," Nelson said.
And in August 2012, police say, Lawrence was involved in the drive-by shooting death of a 6-year-old Layla Jones, who was in Saginaw celebrating a family member's birthday.
"I see a monster. I see someone who's heartless who doesn't care about life," Nelson said.
Lawrence was arrested by Lansing police while wanted for Olivarez's murder but authorities didn't know he was the alleged killer because he gave them a fake name. He was arrested on a minor charge, so they didn't take his fingerprints. Instead, they let him go.
So Tuesday, family members hung and passed out 2,000 posters, hoping someone would recognize Lawrence and lead police to him.
"We just don't want to give up until both of our families have justice and we're not willing to give up," Nelson said. "We're going to fight this and see this through until we get justice."
Family members say police here in Grand Rapids are aware of the possibility that Lawrence may be here, but police in Saginaw say there's nothing concrete. They have gotten many tips about his whereabouts and say he could be anywhere.
Police are investigating a report of a home invasion, but say there are inconsistencies.
A Kalamazoo County sheriff's deputy will not face criminal sexual conduct charges.
A candlelight vigil was held Wednesday night for an innocent bystander who was shot and killed in October.