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Thanks to everyone who participated in our Light the Night Against Crime event on August 9!  We were pleasantly surprised at the number of runners/walkers that registered at the very end.......we had 176 total!  Not bad for our first try at it.  We received many compliments and everyone loved running the Calvin loop despite the rain. 

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Many law enforcment agencies showed up with their high-tech and very cool police equipment.  And organizations like Kent County Victim Witness, Costco, Dispute Resolution, Java Gym, Michigan State Police, Sheepdog Safety, Safe Haven Ministries, Children's Assessment Center, Clear Chiropractic, John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids Fire, CERT, and LINC were all there with great activities and information for the entire family. 

Silent Observer dedicated Light The Night Against Crime to solving three unsolved homicides. 

  • Janna Kelly – disappeared in December 2007 and was found murdered in March of 2008
  • Erica Sevigny – was killed by a hit and run driver in April of 2010
  • Lee Priester – was shot and killed in July of 2007

We hope that by publicizing these cases again, those with important information will come forward to help solve these crimes and to help the victim’s families seek justice and find closure.

Thank you to all media who came out and helped us get attention on these cases again.

A portion of the monies raised from Light the Night Against Crime will go towards a victim memorial when we participate in the Day of Remembrance and Hope on Tuesday, September 25. 

Thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Calvin College for their sponsorship of Light the Night Against Crime!

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Calvin College

Thanks to Gazelle Sports for their help and support of Light the Night Against Crime.

Gazelle Sports

And many thanks to Gymco, Meijer, Peppino's Kentwood, Pepsi and Spartan for supplying products for our event.  We could not have done this without the support of these sponsors.

Timing was provided by Classic Race Management.  They were superb!

Let's Solve These Cases!

Erica Sevigny

It's been almost two years since Erica Sevigny, a 26 year-old mother of two, was driving home from work on 14 Mile Road in Algoma Township when she swerved to avoid a deer and struck a tree. Erica climbed out of her damaged vehicle around midnight on April 3, 2010 and called 911 to get some help but during that 911 phone call, Erica was run over by a hit and run driver and killed.

The Kent County Sheriff Department has been actively working this case hoping to find the suspect(s) involved in this fatal hit and run death. The Justice for Erica Committee of the Sparta Moose Lodge #50 held a benefit to raise money to support Erica’s children and to offer an additional $4,000 reward through Silent Observer, making the total reward for information leading to tErica Sevigny.jpghe person(s) responsible for Erica’s death at up to $5,000.

Police have already received several hundred tips but are still looking for good, crime-solving information regarding this case. Friendships and loyalties can change or dissolve over time. Perhaps someone with knowledge of this tragic event will now no longer be afraid to come forward to tell authorities what they know.

Janna Kelly

Janna Kelly, a 60 year old Grand Rapids woman whose family meant everything to her Janna Kellylost her life tragically and mysteriously on or around December 4, 2007. On December 4 Janna stopped at a Michael's store on 28th St. SE around 6:30 p.m. It appears she went home after running that errand but after that, no one really knows what happened. The next day, when she didn’t show up for work, family members got worried and reported her missing. She was gone and her car was gone. There was no sign of forced entry into the home and no signs of a struggle. Later that evening her purse and wallet, with credit cards still intact, were found in a trash can at a car wash a couple of miles from her house. On December 6, her car was found abandoned, again within a few miles of her home.

After months of searching a land surveyor found Janna’s body on March 13, 2008 four months after she went missing, in a remote area of Grand Haven Township in Ottawa County, MI, some 30 miles from her home. The site is so secluded with a 2 track leading to the clearing where she was dumped, that police believe the suspect was familiar with the area. There were no obvious signs of trauma but police have some forensic evidence however it has not led them to the suspect.

Janna’s family and her employer, Burr and Company, are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person involved in her death. Janna was truly an innocent victim of a horrific crime. Her family needs justice and that criminal must be removed from our streets.

Lee Priester

Just before 4 a.m. on July 28, 2007 police were called to the 1000 block of Lafayette Ave. SE oLee Priestern a report of a shooting. When police arrived, they found Lee Priester, 34, shot and lying near the roadway. He was declared dead at the scene. Lee had just arrived in the neighborhood with his girlfriend who had just entered a home there. Residents reported hearing gunshots moments earlier. Police are looking for tips from the public who have first hand knowledge as to what occurred and why it occurred. Lee's mom wants people to know that Lee was a wonderful artist. He was also an accomplished barber.  The family is searching for answers and hopes to find justice and closure to this tragic case.

Silent Observer is a civilian-run, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping law enforcement solve crimes.  Since 1996 we have helped to solve 2,343 felony crimes including 38 murders and the safe removal of 162 weapons from local school campuses including 23 guns or look-a-like guns. Through our tip lines, residents can report crime anonymously and we offer rewards for information leading to an arrest. To the victims of unsolved crime and their families, we say, you are not forgotten.


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Silent Observer dedicated this beautiful bench during the Candlelight Vigil on the National Day of Remembrance & Hope for ALL victims of crime.

granite bench dedicated to victms of crime

This bench, which sits at the Kent County Courthouse, is in remembrance of all those who have lost a loved one to crime or have experienced crime in their lives.


Rock The Mic on June 24, 2012

The 2012 Rock the Mic winners were: Annie Wildgen, Steven Truth Malcolm & Kaee Skwair

You can hear their songs and other top 10 finalists here!


Thanks to Harvey Automotive Group for the use of this beautiful Cadillac Escalade!

Escalade donated by Harvey Automotive Group

Harvey Automotive Group