MANISTEE, Mich. (WOOD) — Two people have been arrested and are facing murder charges in a 1995 cold case in Manistee County.
Attorney General Bill Schuette announced first degree murder charges for Pete Peterson, 65, and Robert Knauss, 49, in the 19-year-old cold case murder of Vincent Adamczak.
Adamczak was last seen on August 13, 1995 in Wellston but it wasn’t until January 23, 2002 when he was reported missing — more than six years since the last time he’d been seen by friends or family.
During those six years, there was allegedly no evidence to indicate Adamczak was alive.
After January 2002 when Adamczak was reported missing, the case became an open murder investigation by the Michigan State Police Manistee Post and the Manistee County Prosecutor’s office.
On September 4, 2011 Rosemary Skyrzycki was arrested and charged with one count of Open Murder for the death of Adamczak. Skyzycki pled no contest to Accessory After the Fact of Murder and made a plea agreement which includes her testimony against any and all co-defendants.
On May 16, 2012 Pete Peterson was arrested and charged with Open Murder and Felony Firearm for the death of Adamczak, but those charges were later dismissed by the 85th District Court.
The Manistee County Prosecutor’s office asked the Department of the Attorney General to take on the case in March 2014. Peterson and Knauss were arrested on Wednesday in Manistee County on pre-meditated first degree murder charges.
Peterson and Knauss are expected to be arraigned in the 85th District Court on Thursday.
“Today’s arrests confirm that our work is never done while a cold case remains unsolved,” said Schuette. “Justice may be delayed in some circumstances, but it will not be denied.”