David and Vivian Bouwman
2001 Cadillac Deville - like the one the Bouwman's owned
Photo from Kentwood Police
KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) - Police investigating a double murder in Kentwood say that at least one other person knows who the suspects are.
Kentwood Police released a statement Wednesday morning that says investigators believe that the suspect or suspects made contact with at least one other person after the murders of David and Vivian Bouwman on Saturday, January 5th, and before the suspects torched the Bouwman's car in Wyoming.
Detectives also say that an orange Home Depot bucket was found at the scene of the burned out 2001 Cadillac Deville and was probably used to carry an accelerant to start the fire.
Police are asking that anyone who may have seen a suspicious person or persons transporting or filling an orange bucket and/or driving the Bouwman's vehicle to call police at (616) 698-6580 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.
The Bouwman's were killed in an apparent home invasion robbery early Saturday morning in the home on Stowevalley SE in Kentwood. Police say the Bouwman's were killed by shots from a handgun.
Kentwood's Police Chief is investigating several tips including one associated with Craigslist.
Through the Freedom of Information Act WZZM found the Bouwman's neighbor had sold a car on Craigslist and were later robbed. This was about three weeks before the Bouwman's murder.
The police report says the man that bought the car was inside the home negotiating for three hours. The home was later broken into with $900 and a camera stolen while the couple was sleeping. A white glove was found near the back door.
The same neighbor's home had an attempted break in the night of the Bouwman's murder. Police say they found footprints around that home then leading away to the Bouwman's home where the couple was found murdered.
Kentwood's Police Chief says this is one of many tips they're following up on and aren't ruling anything out.