NEWAYGO, Mich. (WOOD) — A Newaygo County jury found a man guilty of murder in the 1983 disappearance of a White Cloud man.

Roy Leando Snell was convicted Wednesday of felony murder and felony firearm in the death of 25-year-old Rick Atwood.

“I am heartened that the family of Rick Atwood may begin to find some closure in this verdict,” Newaygo County Prosecutor Worth Stay said in a statement.

Atwood’s body has never been found. He was last seen alive in August 1983 at a gas station in White Cloud. Several months later, his car was found 50 miles away in Grand Rapids at an East Leonard Avenue service station. There was nobody in the car, but there was part of a broken shovel, according to police records.

Snell has been the main suspect since the beginning. It is believed that he killed Atwood over some marijuana and cash. In March 2020, Snell was arrested in Minneapolis, where he lived.

The prosecutor said Snell’s conviction is the result of hard work from the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police and the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. He specifically praised Detective Scott Rios, who continued working the case after his retirement to see it brought to trial.

Snell’s sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 9. In Michigan, felony murder carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility parole. The weapons charge adds two years to any sentence.