Amanda Lankey's body was found in the Manistee National Forest in 2004.
WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (WZZM) - The sister and nephew of the main person of interest in the murder of Amanda Lankey appeared in court Thursday to face perjury charges.
Candace Wallis-Bumgartner is the sister of Cecil Wallis Sr. who committed suicide last year. Today, a judge ruled there is enough evidence to send Wallis-Bumgartner to trial.
Prosecutors say Wallis-Bumgartner, a former White Cloud Police Officer, refused to help Newaygo County Sheriff's Deputies identify Amanda Lankey's body when it was discovered in the Manistee National Forest in June 2004, weeks after her disappearance. But when questioned under oath about the the investigation, Officer Wallis-Bumgartner reportedly lied and told authorities she was never asked to help identify Amanda's body.
Victoria Foster, Amanda's mom says, "The family knows what happened to my daughter and i just want the truth, that's it. This is our start, we have so many people on our side. So many people who just want the truth. If it would have come out 8 years ago, my family would have some peace."
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In a second count of perjury, prosecutors say Wallis-Bumgartner filed a false police report about a crash that Cecil Wallis Sr. was involved in back in 1999.
Candace Wallis-Bumgartner's son, Marcus Wallis also appeared in court Thursday to face perjury charges. He waived his preliminary hearing and was also bound over to trial. Marcus Wallis is the nephew of Cecil Wallis Sr.
The prosecutor has said that he is willing to consider a plea deal if it means getting useful information from Baumgartner and Wallis about the Amanda Lankey case.