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Family asks Michigan AG to take Erik Cross murder case

Family asks Michigan AG to take Erik Cross murder case. (File - WWMT)

The sister of a man whose murder has gone unsolved for more than three decades is asking the state’s top law enforcement official to prosecute the case.

Erik Cross was found dead in Vicksburg in 1983. Investigators believe someone left his body outside his parent’s home shortly after hitting him with a car at night while he walked home from a nearby party.

“I write to you with a tearful request and high anticipation asking you to please accept the cold case murder of my brother for investigation and prosecution,” wrote Jacqueline Mitchell, sister of Erik Cross, in a letter to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

In the letter, Mitchell expresses dismay that Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting has not made any decision as to whether or not his office will act on investigator recommendations that five individuals face charges related to murder.

“My family has stepped up to the plate, the Vicksburg community has stepped up to the plate, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office has stepped up to the plate, but Mr. Getting has not nor does it appear he will ever step up to the plate,” she wrote.

Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Getting was asked about the letter from Cross’ sister.

“The Office of the Prosecuting Attorney does not comment on ongoing investigations,” he wrote.

For years the mystery surrounding the murder of Erik Cross has been the subject of much speculation and media attention from both local and national outlets.

You can view a timeline to see how the Erik Cross story has evolved through the years here.

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