One of the better known composite drawings and wanted posters featuring a blue Gremlin in the Oakland Child Killer case sits on the top of a file cabinet at the Michigan State Police post in Oak Park Thursday February 17, 2005. / David P. Gilkey/The Detroit Free Press
Four children, Mark Stebbins, Jill Robinson, Kristine Mihelich and Timothy King were abducted and murdered between February 1976 and March 1977.
GRAND BLANC, Mich. (Detroit Free Press) -- Police investigators today are unearthing pieces of a blue Gremlin discovered during construction of a subdivision in Grand Blanc Township to see if it may be linked to the Oakland County child killer cases.
An anonymous tipster called Michigan State Police at 5:20 p.m. Monday when the car was found buried in what was once an old farm field, MSP Lt. Michael Shaw said today from the scene at Baldwin and Saginaw roads.
Between February 1976 and March 1977, four children between the ages of 10-12 were abducted and murdered. The cases never were solved and went dormant for years before a police task force was formed to re-investigate.
It was widely reported by news media and police that when Timothy King, 11, disappeared in March 1977, he was last seen talking to a man in a blue Gremlin behind a Chatham's supermarket on Maple Road in Birmingham. Also found dead were Mark Stebbins, 12, Jill Robinson, 12, and Kristine Mihelich, 10.
"I think we all understand the significance of the blue Gremlin and an ongoing investigation ... because there was a blue Gremlin involved in one of the cases we're investigating from back in the 70s," Shaw said today. "But this could be just a hole with a bunch of car parts from a farmer back in the 70s. I don't want the families to get their hopes up and have them dashed before we do a proper investigation."
Investigative records released in 2012 included a statement from Timothy's brother, Christopher, that he saw the Gremlin still parked while the family was looking for Timothy in the first few hours after he disappeared. Timothy's body was found four days later. He had been smothered and sexually assaulted.
Christopher King, now 51, told the Free Press in 2012 that he believes the police ignored him because he was a child.
Shaw said investigators from MSP's Bridgeport crime lab were called in to preserve evidence in Grand Blanc in the chance that the Gremlin could provide clues.
"It could just be a dump," Shaw said. "It's common practice for farmers to dig a hole and bury their cars that don't work anymore. Anytime you can find evidence that can provide some closure is good for us. We're just not sure this is it."
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