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Berkley Victim's Mother Sues for $100,000 in Oakland County Child Killer Case

Mysterious informant has information on the unsolved case but wants to work with Justice Department, lawyer says. Local officials decry claims.

The mother of a Berkley girl slain in 1977 – one of four children killed during a 13-month period in the 1970s – wants the Justice Department to investigate the unsolved Oakland County child killer case.

Deborah Jarvis filed a lawsuit this week in U.S. District Court in Detroit seeking $100 million in damages, claiming the Oakland County prosecutor, sheriff's department and Michigan State Police have withheld information about the case.

Jarvis' 10-year-old daughter, Kristine Mihelich, was taken Jan. 2, 1977, near a 7-Eleven in Berkley. Her body was found 19 days later.

Other victims in the child killing case were:

  • Mark Stebbins, 12, who was abducted in Ferndale on Feb. 15, 1976
  • Jill Robinson, 12, abducted Dec. 22, 1976, in Royal Oak
  • Timothy King, 11, kidnapped March 16, 1977, near a Birmingham drugstore.

Jarvis' attorney, Paul Hughes, held a news conference Tuesday claiming a mysterious informant named "Bob" believes someone in law enforcement is – or was – the Oakland County Child Killer and may be responsible for eight or more additional slayings, the Free Press reports.

Sheriff Michael Bouchard tells the Detroit Free Press the Justice Department has been involved in the investigation for years, while Prosecutor Jessica Cooper dismissed the claims as groundless. State Police won't comment on pending litigation, The Detroit News reports.

Cooper and Bouchard said Hughes is trying to exploit the families of the victims, including Jarvis. They said they cannot share information from an ongoing investigation without compromising the case, the Free Press reports

SwissMiss May 03, 2012 at 05:06 PM
After reading about recent developments and stories from bloggers closely following the case, I definitely suspect there was/is some kind of cover up to protect persons of influence (money and reputation), and that it's possible that back-door dealings came into play. If not due to withholding of information (the Kings paid thousands to the state for information), then just by the fact that nothing conclusive has officially come to light. That said, I hope that is *not* the case, and in fact the investigations have uncovered something even bigger - a case where the only way to achieve justice is to leave related cases open. I hope the families see justice before it's too late for them.

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