GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Silent Observer, along with a campaign paid for through the Gannett Foundation (the parent company of WZZM) is trying to drum up new leads on four homicides by placing faces of the victims on billboards, hoping someone will come forward and identify the killers.
The individual investigations into four Grand Rapids homicides have lost steam in recent years, but one thing that hasn't been lost is hope.
Detectives still have hope that closure can be brought to families of these four victims
The first homicide victim WZZM is profiling is Alan Foster, who was gunned down outside a bar on Grand Rapids' southwest side on July 15th, 2006.
"He was pronounced dead at the scene," said Grand Rapids detective, Les Smith. "Mr. Foster was confronted by two black males; they asked him if he was 'Curt', and then at that time one of the black males proceeded to shoot him numerous times."
Detectives say they still receive tips on this case.
"We talked to a couple of people who were leaving the party store there at the corner of Butterworth and Straight," said detective Smith. "They gave us descriptions of the people they'd seen that night and people that were involved in the shooting."
Detective Smith added that they've received many leads over time, but they just haven't had that one good lead to help solve this case.
"Hopefully the billboard will spur some interest in the people who live in the area are are passing through the area and will realize that this thing is an unsolved homicide," added Smith. "Hopefully it will generate some tips for us that we can follow-up and finally put this case to rest."
If you have any information about the murder of Alan Foster, you're asked to contact Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.