If you’re intrigued about the number of murders in Michigan by year, you can easily access reports and statistics on the websites of numerous law enforcement organizations. In addition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) produces a Uniform Crime Report each year, which shows, in detail, the statistics of particular crimes, the crime rates, and the areas where crimes are frequently committed in most cities and counties, in every state in the United States. Another helpful resource for researching crime homicide statistics is Project: Cold Case. Project: Cold Case is home to a webpage that is dedicated to sharing the number of unsolved homicides in each state as well as their respective clearance rate. There are reportedly 42,650 currently unsolved murders in Michigan spanning from 1980-2019, according to Project: Cold Case. Continuing to look into the clearance rate for homicides in Michigan, we can see that as time passed, approximately 23,327 of those homicides were solved, leaving investigators with around 19,323 unsolved murders in Michigan today.
In addition to the several resources Project: Cold Case provides, they also have an open database with nearly 25,000 unsolved homicides from around the United States. Some of the cases that can be found within this database, or on the websites of several law enforcement agencies, include some of the various unsolved murders in northern Michigan, such as: the 1994 murder of Marvel Anderson, the 2000 murder of Erin Taylor, and the 1968 murder of the Robinson Family, among others. Also included are some of the many unsolved central Michigan murders, which include the 1983 murder of Erik Stirling Cross, the 1982 murder of Lillian Laurel Prahin, the 1991 murder of Gregory McRoberts, the 1983 murder of Christine Castiglione, the 1982 murder of Kimberly Louiselle, and the 2003 murder of Nikki Nicholas, along with the 1990 disappearance of Paige Renkoski. Additionally, some of the unsolved murders in Lansing, Michigan, which are included in the database and on other websites as well, include the 2014 murder of Richard Pruitt, the 2011 murder of Domingo Guartolo, the 1995 murder of Nicole Haynes, the 1981 murder of Edith Crossette, the 1979 murder of Karen Oatley, and the 1987 murder of Josephine Stebbins, among many others. Finally, some unsolved murders in Ingham County, Michigan, include the 1970 murder of Laurie Murninghan, and the 1993 murder of Mary Jean D’Agostino, among others.