Greene murder mystery hits one-year mark

By Ryan Jeltema • Last Updated 1:22 pm on Monday, October 31, 2011


Kathleen and Michael Greene

STANTON — One year ago Friday, Howard City firefighters made a gruesome discovery in the basement of a Whitefish Lake home: The bodies of Michael and Kathleen Greene.
Today, police are still trying to piece together who is responsible the couple’s murders.
Sheriff Bill Barnwell said his department has been receiving and investigating numerous tips slowly and steadily since the crime was discovered. He said the key to solving the case may hinge on finding “someone who can come forward and point us to a particular person or persons.”
“The investigation is very complex and difficult,” Barnwell said in a press release marking the one-year anniversary of the crime.
Howard City firefighters responded to the Greenes’ home at 3063 Shorecrest Dr. on Big Whitefish Lake in Pierson Township at 11:18 p.m. Oct. 28, 2010. After extinguishing a fire in the kitchen area, they found the Greenes stabbed to death in the basement.
Evidence showed Michael Greene tried to fight off the attack before succumbing to his wounds. Police later discovered a large sum of money and some prescription medications were missing from the home.
Barnwell said during a press conference on April 28, the six-month anniversary of the crime, that whoever is responsible for the murders “brought a lot of violence to the crime scene” and displayed “a degree of criminal versatility.” He believes the crime was “a targeted act.”
The Michael, 59, and Kathleen, 56, recently had retired and placed their home for sale, hoping to downsize. They were survived by four children and several grandchildren.
Barnwell said investigators from the sheriff’s office and Michigan State Police have spent “countless hours” on the investigation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have been consulted about the case.
“Numerous search warrants have been executed and a large amount of evidence has been collected,” Barnwell said in Friday’s statement.
Barnwell said in April that a psychological analysis of the crime scene points to a male killer and there likely was a second suspect involved.
Detectives are still trying to find a large white vehicle, possibly an SUV, and an individual seen around the Greenes’ home the day of the murders. Police released a sketch of that person last fall.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Sheriff’s Det. Tom Goerge at (989) 831-7516, the sheriff’s tip line at (989) 831-7593 or Silent Observer at 1-866-774-2345 or at
A financial reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the crime.

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