Friends, family of Erik Cross look to raise awareness in Portage

Friends, family of Erik Cross look to raise awareness in Portage

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) -- As an arrest warrant was issued for person of interest Brent Spaulding on unrelated charges this week, friends and family of Erik Cross continue to search for answers in his unsolved murder.

Friends and family have started a group called Erik's Army, and work routinely to keep his name and face on the minds of the West Michigan community.

Thursday's event was one of many held to achieve that goal.

Friends and family of Erik Cross pinned his face to lamp posts, and waved at drivers in Portage on Thursday, hoping one day, one person might come forward with information.

“We're out here and we are honking and we are waving, getting Erik's face and letting people know who he is and what this is about," said Erik’s Army volunteer Julie Josuns.

The group decided to set up shop in Portage to broaden awareness about Cross’s unsolved murder.

“We do a lot of this downtown, we thought maybe we would just spread our wings and come out to Portage and spread some awareness out here," Josuns said.

In the meantime, person of interest in the case Brent Spaulding has been arrested multiple times on unrelated charges. The latest warrant was issued Wednesday, for missing a court date.

Erik Cross died in 1983, and police said it appears he had been run over by a car. Several months ago, police confirmed Cross died of blunt force trauma and had rope burns on his body.

This decades old case is still a sore spot for those who loved Erik.

“There's never been a conclusion to it; there’s never been any closure to it. Many people over the years have assumed that it's been resolved and it's never been resolved," Josuns said.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Silent Observer.

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