RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A woman whose body was found in a Richland-area lake had been shot and run over with a car, the suspect in the murder allegedly confessed to someone.
Amber Walker’s body was found shortly after noon Monday in the shallows of Three Lakes off of 35th Street near EF Avenue southeast of Richland. It’s not clear if investigators believe she was killed there.
A court document filed by investigators says the man who came upon the remains had pulled over to relieve himself.
A medical examiner ruled Walker’s death a homicide, saying she had been shot, attacked with a knife and suffered blunt force trauma.
“I just cry, I cry every day. That was my baby. That was my world,” Donnie Bradford, Walker’s boyfriend, said Thursday.
Bradford told News 8 that after he went to work Monday morning, Walker, 28, of the Galesburg area, went to meet up with Chad White, who is now facing an open murder charge in her death. Bradford says Walker met up with White to tell him she was no longer interested in him romantically.
“I told her, ‘Don’t go, don’t go,’ and she went. She went and I don’t know why,” Bradford said.
Bradford says hours later he received the devastating news that Walker had been killed.
The court document filed by investigators says White was “distraught” when he returned around 3 p.m. Monday to the Galesburg home where he was staying with his girlfriend. He allegedly told her he had “caught a body” and asked her to wash the victim’s clothes and his own shorts, which were wet.
Around 4 p.m. Monday, the court document continues, White also told a second witness that he had “killed a (expletive),” saying he had shot her three times and then run her over. He also asked the witness whether fingerprints could be recovered from a body if it had been in the water.
He went on to tell the witness that he lost his slippers in the lake; investigators say they found those slippers near the body. White then allegedly took the witness to the place where he left Walker’s body.
White also allegedly told a another friend that he had “murdered a female” and needed to lay low.
White was arrested around 8 p.m. Monday at the friend’s apartment in Plainwell. Also in that apartment, police found the gun believed to have been used in the murder, which had been stolen out of Galesburg.
White was charged Wednesday with homicide and felony firearm. He is being held at the county jail without bond. He is due back in court for a probable cause hearing on Dec. 29.
Walker leaves behind two daughters.
“Forget me, forget her family, you took her from her daughter, man. You took her from Ava, from her other daughter,” Bradford said. “You just snatched her for no reason because you couldn’t have her, because she wanted somebody else. I can’t wrap my mind around it.”
Bradford said while Walker was not perfect, what happened to her was senseless.
“I thank you for the good, for the bad, I thank you for everything. You’re my world and I told you that,” Bradford said.
Police are still investigating. Anyone with information should call the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office at 269.383.8821 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.