Police offer timeline of Kentwood murders

1:36 AM, Jan 9, 2013   |    comments
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  • Neighbors hosted a vigil for David and Vivian Bouwman Tuesday, January 8, 2013.
  • David and Vivian Bouwman

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are laying out the timeline of events leading up to and following the murder of a couple in their Kentwood home.

David and Vivian Bouwman were found dead Saturday in their home in the 2200 block of Stowevalley Drive SE.  Police say they were likely killed during a home invasion.

Detectives say the Bouwmans last spoke to a family member around 6:45 p.m. Friday night.  Between 3-4 a.m. Saturday, neighbors reported hearing barking dogs and other noises.

Around 10 a.m. Saturday, witnesses reported a Cadillac DeVille on fire in an apartment complex in the 3800 block of Madison Avenue SE in Wyoming.  Police discovered the car belonged to the Bouwmans.  Officers believe the person or people who were in the couple's home stole the car and left it burning in the Wyoming complex.

A witness says she and her boyfriend spotted the car on fire and saw a man running away. 

"He had this orange bucket," said the woman.  "I guess whatever was in the bucket what was made the car set on fire."

Acting on the report of the burning car, Kentwood Police officers went to the Bouwmans' home, but left after no one answered the door.

The officers returned to the home around 11 a.m. Saturday after neighbors reported footsteps in the snow around the home.  Police then discovered a broken rear window to the home and the Bouwmans' bodies.

Neighbors held a vigil to remember the couple Tuesday evening at Pinewood Park in the Princeton Estates subdivision. 

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