Homicide Victims Identified
August 28, 2023
Date: August 28, 2023
Address: 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy., Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Contact: KDPS Criminal Investigation Division 269-337-8139
Kalamazoo Public Safety Investigates Suspicious Deaths
UPDATE: Victims Identified
On Tuesday, August 22, 2023, at about 7:30 p.m., Officers, who responded to a report of a suspicious death, located two bodies. Detectives and the Crime Lab responded to investigate this matter as a homicide. A search warrant was executed over the course of three days to gather all of the evidence from the property. The bodies were taken to the Medical Examiner’s office at WMED for a postmortem examination.
The victims have been identified as Tarra Dametria Mayes, a 46-year-old female, and Alfred Oneal Simpson, a 67-year-old male. Both were residents of Kalamazoo. The killing of Ms. Mayes and Mr. Simpson remains an open and active investigation.
Detectives are asking that anyone with information about these homicides to call the Criminal Investigation Division at 269-337-8139. Witnesses can also provide information anonymously through Silent Observer by calling 269-343-2100 or online through this website.
The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety wishes to extend its sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Ms. Mayes and Mr. Simpson.
By authority of:
Capt. Rafael Diaz
Criminal Investigation Division
Reward For Help In Solving Vandalism
May 09, 2023
REWARD FOR HELP IN SOLVING VANDALISM
UPDATED PAW PAW PRESS RELEASE
Reward Amount Increased!
Date: May 9, 2023
Address: Village of Paw Paw, Boat launch at Sunset Park off of M-40 Maple Island Park off of M-40.
Contact: Detective Lt. Eric Rottman 269-657-5501
Complaint: 22-01728 / 23-00813
Paw Paw, Michigan:
On August 26, 2022 the Paw Paw Police Department received a report from the Paw Paw Department of Public Works in reference to the park bathrooms on Maple Island being completely destroyed. Damage to both the men's and women's bathrooms were extensive. Damage was estimated to be approximately $15,000.00. On April 29, 2023 the Police Department responded to another call reporting damage to both the bathroom and picnic tables at the Sunset Park Boat lunch area and Maple Island off M-40.
Paw Paw Police are asking the public for assistance with any information related to either incident.
If you have information on either of these two cases, you are asked to call Kalamazoo Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or Paw Paw Police Department at 269-657-5501. Tips can also be submitted through this website or the free app: P3Tips.
A $2,000.00 REWARD is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects involved in this incident.
Homicide of David Shayne Postawa
May 03, 2023
HELP NEEDED TO SOLVE HOMICIDE
Updated: April 24, 2023
Date: Sunday, August 28, 2022
Address: 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy. Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Contact: Captain Rafael Diaz, Criminal Investigation Division, 269-337-8139
On 08/29/2022, officers from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety responded to the area of Lake St & Mills St on the report of an individual that had been shot. The victim, who was identified as David Shayne Postawa, was transported to Bronson Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Detectives from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety are asking for assistance with any information related to this incident.
If you have any information on this homicide, you are asked to call Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100 or the Kalamazoo Dept. of Public Safety at (269) 337-8139. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through this website or the free app: P3Tips.
Homicide of Thomas AndersSTATUS
July 22, 2022
Thomas Anders was murdered on July 22, 2017. He had just turned 21 the month prior. Known as 'Tommy' or 'Tom Tom' to those closest to him, Anders was an only child and a graduate of Gull Lake High School. He had attended Western Michigan University for one year.
The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said Anders was shot and killed while attending a party on Oakland Drive in Kalamazoo. His body was found in the street with a gunshot wound to his torso. They had named a person of interest within days of the deadly shooting and have interviewed many people since then, but no one has been charged in his death.
“People who have information are not coming forward and being cooperative," KDPS Lieutenant Mike Treu said in a phone call with News Channel 3. "We as the police can only do so much. The people who were there that have information don’t want to come forward. We’ve run down all of information we have.”
Anyone with information should contact the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at (269) 337-8120 or Kalamazoo Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100. Anonymous tips can also be submitted through this website or the free app: P3Tips.
Help Needed to Solve Homicide
July 25, 2021
Date Reported: July 25, 2021
Location Occurred: 2220 Gull Road, Kalamazoo. Michigan
Incident Summary: On July 25, 2021 at approximately 0205 hours, officers from the Township of Kalamazoo Police Department were called to the area of 2220 Gull Road for multiple reports of gunshots heard in the area. A 16 year old victim, Suniya Brooks, was located on the ground with a fatal gunshot wound. Brooks succumbed to her injury.
The family of Suniya and the Township of Kalamazoo Police Department are seeking any information the public may have regarding this homicide investigation.
Silent Observer is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person(s) involved in this incident. You are asked to call Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100 or the Township of Kalamazoo Police Department at (269) 488-8911. You can also submit an anonymous tip online through www.KalamazooSilentObserver.com
or the free app: P3Tips.
Information Sought in Big Bear Products Break-In
September 05, 2014
October 17, 2014 – Paw Paw, Michigan
Sometime between 8/28/14 and 9/1/14, Big Bear Products, located at 32053 E. Red Arrow Highway in Paw Paw, was the victim of a B&E in which a safe and firearms were stolen. The owners of Big Bear Products have pledged a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s).
Officers from MSP - Paw Paw are investigating the break-in and are asking citizens with any information to please contact them with that information. Tips can be called in directly to Detective/Sergeant Conklin at 269-657-5551 or to Silent Observer at 269-343-2100. Tips can also be submitted online at www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.
Suspicious Death of Terecita Rene Smith
April 16, 2009
On April 16, 2009, a stranded motorist reported a possible body in the grassy area near the guard rail on the southbound US-131 Business Loop, just north of the Douglas Avenue exit. Responding officers located the body of what appeared to be an African-American. At that time, age and sex were unable to be determined.
An autopsy on the victim was performed at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing on April 17. Preliminary results did not determine the cause or manner of death. The pathologist is continuing the investigation to determine the cause. The victim, who was identified as Terecita Rene Smith, 24, of Kalamazoo, was identified by a fingerprint. It is believed that Ms. Smith died at least a few days prior to her body being discovered on Thursday evening, April 16, 2009.
Kalamazoo Township Police are asking that anyone who saw or spoke with Ms. Smith between March 19 and April 16, 2009, or saw anyone near where the body was found, to contact KTPD detectives at 343-0568, or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com. Silent Observer offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of crime.
Homicide of Peggy Jean Woods
November 07, 2008
Victim: Peggy Jean Woods
Black female, age 28
5’4,” 130 pounds
Black hair and brown eyes
Location: 5900 block East “Y” Avenue
Agency: Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office
Peggy Woods was found deceased in a cornfield in Brady Township on 8/25/95. Peggy lived in the city of Kalamazoo prior to the Homicide, and was last seen on 8/25/95 at 9:00 pm.
Anyone with information on the murder of Peggy Jean Woods is asked to contact the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s office at 269-383-8723 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or www.KalamazooSilentObserver.com.
Homicide of Christine Paddock
November 07, 2008
Victim: Christine Elaine Paddock
White female, age 39
5’01,” 135 pounds
Brown hair and brown eyes
Location: East “V” Ave near Portage Rd
Agency: Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office
Christine Paddock’s body was discovered at the edge of a farm field in Schoolcraft Township on April 22, 2004. An autopsy determined that her death was a homicide. Evidence at the scene indicated that the body was left at the Schoolcraft township location and that the homicide occurred at another location. The condition of the body would indicate that Ms. Paddock’s remains may have been left at the edge of the field for several months.
Christine had an address in the City of Kalamazoo prior to her death. She was reported missing the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety on September 25, 2003.
Anyone with information on the murder of Christine Paddock is asked to contact the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s office at 269-383-8723 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or www.KalamazooSilentObserver.com.