Tuesday, February 11, 2014


It was a living nightmare for a father: Discovering your child lying dead on the side of the road. It
was June 26, 1983 in Vicksburg, Michigan when the body of Erik Stirling Cross, 16, was discovered by his dad. Now, more than 30 years have passed and answers are still few.
What is known is this:
* The blue-eyed, red-headed teenage boy attended a party the night before less than a mile from his home. He left around 1:00 a.m., according to police.

* Around 6 a.m., his dad told cops he woke up to the sound of a loud muffler. It pulled into the driveway, left, then returned.
What cops do know is that Erik was dragged by a vehicle and deliberately struck. The young man was so badly injured, the coroner said, it was hard to say exactly what killed him.
Anyone with information regarding the murder of Erik Cross is urged to contact the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office at 269-383-8723 or the Silent Observer. There is a $1,765 reward.

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