Othram Inc., Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Dade Co. Sheriff’s Office and Audiochuck collaborate to identify 1988 murder victim and her killer

All over the country, even in Western Michigan, https://catherinebroad.blog/2022/03/21/msp-collaborates-with-identifiers-international-and-genetic-genealogists-ged-match-and-family-tree-dna-to-solve-35-year-old-cold-case/, law enforcement is collaborating and thinking outside of the box to solve decades-old murder cases.

Oakland Country has quite the list of unsolved homicides:

  1. Mark Stebbins (February 1976)
  2. Jane Allen (August 1976, her body found in Miamisburg, OH)
  3. Jill Robinson (December 1976)
  4. Kristine Mihelich (January 1977)
  5. Tim King (March 1977)
  6. Carson McDowell (August 1977)
  7. John McKinney (September 1977)
  8. Gail Webster (October 1978)

I’m sure there are others. There are also three suspicious suicides that stand out during this time period, but a suicide designation means neither the cops nor the press were going to dig very deep:

  1. Richard Hojnacki (March 1977)
  2. Berkley cop Chris Flynn (November 1978)
  3. OCCK suspect Chris Busch (November 1978)

It is truly hard to believe that then Oakland County prosecutor L. Brooks Patterson was busily focused on a U.S. Senate campaign during this time period with such a lousy track record as the county’s “Top Cop.” While he certainly would have fit in well with the current U.S. Senate, Michigan voters of that era were apparently not impressed by his obvious limited societal focus (anti-busing, welfare fraud, monied constituents always come first).

Cases like that of the murder of Stacey Lyn Chahorski demonstrate that where there is a will, there is a way to solve cold cases after leads are long exhausted, even in cases where the evidence is degraded and funds are scarce.

A genealogist who has been advising me said that the following question puts the focus where it should be–on what has/has not been done in the OCCK (and other) cases:


If, after using the most advanced techniques on degraded, improperly stored evidence, no actionable DNA can be recovered adequate for genetic genealogy review, an agency owes the public answers as to why this this the case and how they will commit not to repeat the errors of their predecessors.

5 thoughts on “Othram Inc., Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Dade Co. Sheriff’s Office and Audiochuck collaborate to identify 1988 murder victim and her killer”

  1. I just finished reading the snow killings book. Is there any evidence to suggest arch Sloan knew Gregory green? And was green’s dna ever tested to see if it matched the hair in sloan’s vehicle? Sloan has got to be the key to this: it is way too far of a stretch that hairs in the vehicle of a violent pedophile just happened to show up on the bodies of two children. The suspect sketches seem to most resemble Sloan and green and as a therapist while I was reading the book green just sounds like a sadistic psychopath on top of being a pedophile. His behavior seems totally consistent with someone who could commit these crimes.

    1. I have come across no direct evidence in the FOIA documents that Sloan and Greene knew each other. Greene’s brother’s DNA was tested and there was no match. Sloan, Greene and Lamborgine were all described along the was as sadistic. I think all three of these men, two of whom are still alive and passing the time in prison, were capable of horrific crimes against children, including murder.

  2. Cathy,

    I’d like to read more about the details of the Hojnacki death scene. If it is true that his “suicide” was staged (both he and Chris Busch shot themselves with a shotgun while using their toes to pull the trigger? WTF?), then it’s highly likely that both men were set up to “solve” the case. (This is NOT to imply that these men had no possible connections to the case, merely that their deaths were meant to “close the case”, with no need to look for other, more powerful suspects . . .)

    Assuming Hojnacki’s death really was in the first week of March in 1977, if I am correct, then his “suicide” (as “the OCCK”) had to be downplayed by later investigators because the ring was still active for at least another two weeks.

    Cathy, did your correspondence with “seeker” and/or “lily” from 2017 ever shed more light on Hojnacki?


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