FRUITLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man identified by sources as a suspect in the disappearance of Bobbie Maples, whose body was unearthed last week, listed a home address around the corner from the burial site, court records show.
The man, whose name isn’t being released, is a convicted cocaine and heroin dealer. Maples’ mother said her daughter had been dating him. He is a prisoner at the Brooks Correctional Facility in Muskegon Heights.
Sources said the prison cut off cable television to inmates last weekend to keep them from watching news reports about the recovery of the body. Corrections officials confirmed the cable was cut off.
Court records show the suspect was not locked up at the time of Maples’ disappearance in December 2014. Instead, he had been released from the Muskegon County Jail six months earlier because of overcrowding after serving six months of a 10-month sentence for delivery of crack. He was ordered to an alternative program, but didn’t go.
He was supposed to be sentenced on drug charges, including a new heroin conviction, on Dec. 8, 2014, but that was delayed. Maples disappeared a week later.
In court records, the man listed an address on Michillinda Road, around the corner from where Maples was found buried in a horse corral off Nestrom Road.
Tax records show that both the Michillinda home and the Nestrom Road property are owned by retired pharmacist Glenn Glaser. Glaser said he knew nothing about the body and had never seen the man before.
Court records show Maples, 32, tested positive for drugs, including opiates, in early December 2014 when she checked into Hackley Hospital to give birth to her daughter. Those same records show her newborn tested positive for cocaine and opiates and was kept in the hospital while going through withdrawals.
Maples visited her daughter nearly every day in the hospital before disappearing Dec. 15, 2014.
It appeared police might have had a lead in August 2015, when they found a silver ring in the vehicle of the man who had originally reported Maples missing, court records show. They found the ring in a plastic bag after arresting the man in a heroin case. But the county prosecutor said tests of that ring didn’t reveal any DNA.
Maples’ family learned on Thursday that an autopsy had confirmed the body was Maples’. Police and prosecutors said they’re waiting to learn a cause of death.
“That’s the one piece that the medical examiner is still kind of piecing together and so we’re waiting on that final determination,” Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson said.
Maples’ family asked for privacy, but has posted updates on the “Justice for Bobbie Maples” Facebook page. They’ve been frustrated with what they called a lack of interest in her case.
“We all knew Bobbie was not the type to run,” they wrote Thursday.
Roosevelt Park Police Chief David Boone acknowledged the family was upset with his department.
Hilson said it’s time to move forward and solve the case.
“The bottom line is bringing justice for Bobbie,” he said. “That’s the end game, that’s the goal.”
He refused to discuss possible suspects.
“There are witnesses that I think are incarcerated that I think we’d like to talk to, that we believe may have some knowledge of this,” Hilson said.