Case of 1983 hit-and-run death sent to prosecutors

Erik Cross was hit by a vehicle and killed in June 1983

Erik Stirling Cross (Courtesy Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — There are now five suspects in the cold case death of a Vicksburg teen, Kalamazoo County authorities say.

The investigation into the 1983 death of Erik Cross has been forwarded to prosecutors for review and a decision on charges, Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas told 24 Hour News 8 on Wednesday.

The body of Cross, a 16-year-old Vicksburg High School student, was found in Brady Township, near the village of Vicksburg, on June 26, 1983. He had gone to a party and was walking home when he was hit by a vehicle and killed. Witnesses reported seeing two men and woman in the vehicle.

Matyas said investigators now have five suspects in the case.

In September 2015, the sheriff’s office said that one person of interest in the case was being held on unrelated charges. It was not clear if that person was one of the five suspects Matyas referenced Wednesday.

In September, authorities said they thought they knew who else was involved in the Cross’s death and covering it up and urged those people to come forward before being arrested.

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