Police Reports By Annette Christie Michigan State Police offers Citizens’ Academy The Michigan State Police (MSP) Paw Paw Post is pleased to announce a Citizens’ Academy, which will start September 24, 2018, and conclude November 12, 2018. The eight-week academy will give citizens the opportunity to become familiar with the mission and operation of the MSP, understand the procedures troopers follow, increase their awareness of law enforcement’s role in the community, and get to know personnel at the Paw Paw Post. The eight-week academy will meet at the Van Buren Intermediate School District Building located at 490 S. Paw Paw Street in Lawrence on Monday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Individuals who are interested in attending the Citizens’ Academy should contact Trooper Alan Fitzpatrick of the Paw Paw Post at (269) 767-1432 to receive an application.
DNA confirms that “John Doe” buried in Georgia in 1979 is missing Michigan youth
On February 12, 1979, 15-year-old Andrew Jackson Greer left Addison High School and failed to return home. Greer’s whereabouts have been unknown for the past 39-plus years. The case remained cold after early investigations by the Michigan State Police in 1979 and the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department in 2000. The cold case was re-opened in 2014 and with developments in technology and resources the mystery of Andrew’s whereabouts has finally been solved. A forensic analyst from the Center for Human Identification at the University of North Texas recently confirmed that DNA from a “John Doe,” who was buried in a pauper’s grave in Macon, Georgia in 1979, matches Greer’s DNA. In December 2017, a retired Bibb County Sheriff’s Department deputy made the connection between the “John Doe” and Greer. The retired deputy notified MSP detectives, who then traveled to Macon, GA in April 2018 to exhume the body of “John Doe.” With the assistance of the Bibb County Sheriff’s Department, Macon District Attorney’s Office and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, detectives were able to successfully recover the body to send for additional testing. A DNA sample was taken from “John Doe” at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and sent to the Center for Human Identification for comparison. The results concluded that it was 1.9 trillion times more likely that the DNA from “John Doe” was that of Greer than not. Together, the DNA results and police reports conclude they are one in the same. All indications are that Greer ran away from home on Feb. 12, 1979, and was killed when he was struck by a semi-truck while hitchhiking down I-75 near Macon on Feb. 14, 1979. Greer’s identity has been a mystery to Georgia authorities until now, and the Michigan State Police had no information on his whereabouts until the connection was made in December 2017. Arrangements are currently being made to bring Greer’s body back to Michigan.