Police reopen 2001 cold case death investigation

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (WOOD)— Investigators are reopening a deadly cold case out of Newaygo County.

Just before 11 p.m. on Feb. 2, 2001, authorities were called to a fire at a home in the 2900 block of North Baldwin Road in White Cloud.

When crews arrived, it was too late; the flames destroyed the home.

After the fire, investigators discovered the body of Geraldine Rauch and her two dogs inside what was left of the home.

Authorities believe Rauch died from the fire, which they deemed suspicious from the first day of the investigation.

Rauch shared the home with her husband, Kenneth Rauch. He was not at home when the fire started.

It’s unclear what sparked detectives’ renewed interest in the deadly fire. Investigators from the Michigan State Police Hart Post, the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department are working with Newaygo County Prosecutor Robert Springstead on the case.

Investigators believe there are people with pertinent information about the case who have not come forward. Anyone with tips about the case is urged to contact Michigan State Police at 231.873.2171, or Silent Observer at 231.652.1121

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