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Shannon Siders' body exhumed Thursday

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  • Shannon Siders shortly before her murder.
  • City of Newaygo Cemetery

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NEWAYGO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Investigators have exhumed the body of Shannon Siders from her gravesite at the City of Newaygo Cemetery.

Siders was killed 23 years ago. Investigators say new technology may help provide clues to solve the case.

Shannon Siders disappeared in July 1989. Her body was found four months later in the Manistee National Forest. Police believe she was beaten to death. Detectives have leads in the case, but no one has been arrested.

Siders father, Bob Siders, was at the cemetery as police exhumed her daughter's body.

"I have questions I'd like to have answered," says Bob Siders. "I'd like to know 'whys.' I'd like to know 'who,' too. It's not going to change anything. It's not going to bring Shannon back. There was a crime committed here and somebody should have to pay for it."

The story of Siders' murder was the focus of a locally produced documentary that was released last year.

Bob Siders is confident the mystery of his daughter's death will be solved within a few years.   And Thursday, he had a message for the person responsible for it: "We're coming for you, it's just a matter of time - you think you've gotten away with it - you've been 23 years running around with that on your conscience if you have one - your time has come."

We will be covering Thursday's developments, and we'll have reports on online and on WZZM 13 News at 6:00pm.

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