Kzoo Co. authorities send Erik Cross cold case to AG

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
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An undated courtesy photo of Erik Cross.

VICKSBURG, Mich. (WOOD) — Investigators are taking another step in possibly solving the decades-old cold case death of Erik Cross.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday that the homicide investigation had been referred to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. The sheriff’s office said it and the Kalamazoo County prosecutor’s office had requested the review, but authorities could not elaborate on the case because it is an open investigation.

Cross was hit by a vehicle and killed while walking home from a party in June 1983. His body was found in Brandy Township, near Vicksburg.

In the fall of 2017, shortly before retiring, then-Undersheriff Paul Matyas announced he had requested arrest warrants for murder for five suspects in Cross’ death. However, no charges have been filed.

Cross’ sister, Jacqueline Mitchell, announced last year that she was calling on then-Attorney General Bill Schuette to take the case and prosecute the five people allegedly involved in Cross’ death.

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