Weeks after ex-pastor’s deadly shooting, witnesses sought

Kent County
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BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Investigators are searching for two people who may have stopped at the scene of a Byron Township shooting that killed a former pastor.

A passerby found the body of the 66-year-old Byron Center man in the 1400 block of 68th Street SW, between Burlingame and Clyde Park avenues just before 6 p.m. on Aug. 6.

While authorities are not releasing the victim’s name, the current pastor of Abundant Life Church identified him as Dale Cross Sr., who used to be the church pastor and remained a congregation member.

The sheriff’s department said the witness who called 911 reported finding the man lying alongside the road next to his GMC Envoy. The caller said the SUV had a tire jack under it and it looked like the man had been working on it.

Investigators are now looking for two possible witnesses who may be in a lighter color, smaller pickup truck with a regular cab. Detectives say the vehicle is white or light gray with a red or maroon hood.

Inside the pickup truck was a white man, approximately 5 feet 5 inches in his late 20s to early 30s with a thin build. Detectives say a white woman with longer dark hair may have accompanied him.

The descriptions are different than another possible witness deputies were seeking days after the shooting. 

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff’s Office at 616.632.6357 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.
 

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