GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say two men killed another and dumped his body near Cedar Springs because he had admitted to molesting a child decades ago.
Steven Day was found dead in the snow in mid-December by a passing motorist along 16 Mile Road east of Cedar Springs.
Roger Musick, 38, and Robert McCombs, 63, are charged with tampering with evidence because police say they moved Day’s body. They were in court Monday for a probable cause hearing. The two men are not charged with murder, but they are suspects in Day’s death.
During a hearing Monday, a Kent County sheriff’s detective testified that the pair killed Day because he had admitted to molesting a 5-year-old relative 35 years ago. Day was never charged with sexual abuse, but apparently admitted to the molestation in writing as part of a 12-step program. The detective found evidence of that confession while searching Day’s house following his death.
Authorities have not yet said how McCombs or Musick knew about Day’s admission.
There was also testimony about cellphones that were confiscated in the home. Authorities were looking into possible evidence on Musick and McCombs’ cellphones. Authorities say there was a text conversation between the two suspects on Dec. 18.
Allegedly, McCombs texted Musick, “The world is a better place today now that the monster is gone.”
Musick texted back, “True.”
Authorities also testified about a van linked to the suspects that may have been used to move Day’s body and talked about a possible connection between one of the suspects and the property where Day’s body was found.
Witnesses have previously testified that Day was seen with both suspects at their Grand Rapids home the day he was killed.