Sources: Assault suspect linked to Reyes murder

Shawn Jarrett and Berta Yolanda Reyes
Shawn Jarrett and Berta Yolanda Reyes

WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — A man arrested for allegedly assaulting an elderly woman in Grandville is being looked at in connection to the murder of woman in Walker earlier this year, sources tell 24 Hour News 8.

Berta Yolanda Reyes was seen alive at Neal Mast & Sons Greenhouse near the corner of Bristol Avenue and 4 Mile Road. The 42-year-old mother of three was dropped off at work on April 24 by her husband. A month later, her body was found at a construction site less than a mile away.

Shawn Jarrett also worked at the Greenhouse — though it’s not clear how long or until what point, sources said.

Jarrett, 50, was arrested for the Thursday Grandville assault on Saturday. In that case, he allegedly talked his way into an 85-year-old woman’s house, assaulted her and robbed her. He faces charges of first-degree home invasion and first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

He previously served a 30-year prison sentence for raping and murdering his 64-year-old neighbor in Pennsylvania in March 1982. He was released in 2012.

Walker police have been in contact with people in Pennsylvania who worked on that case, sources said.

Police did not comment Sunday, but said they would release information on Monday.

Reyes’s family told 24 Hour News 8 that police said someone in custody in the jail was being questioned about the murder.

The family does not know whether police described that person as a suspect because of an English-Spanish language barrier.

Family members declined to speak on camera Sunday evening, saying they were too emotional.


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