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Discovery in Genesee County could help solve decades-old murder mystery

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State Police say parts of a blue Gremlin, like this one, were found at the construction site State Police say parts of a blue Gremlin, like this one, were found at the construction site

(08/20/13) - A discovery in a former Genesee County farm field could help crack one of the state's most high profile murder mysteries.

A construction crew digging a new basement off Baldwin road in Grand Blanc Township found several car and bicycle parts, including some from a blue Gremlin.

That type of car is connected to the Oakland County Child Killings of the 1970s. Between February 1976 and March 1977, four children were abducted and killed in Oakland County.

Over the years, there have been many leads - but to this day, the case remains unsolved. Tuesday's discovery could be a major lead.

State Police confirm they recovered parts from a blue Gremlin with a white strip. At the time of the murders, one of the victims was seen talking to a man in a blue Gremlin.

Police were at the scene all night, Monday, investigating. They took all the parts to the crime lab in Bridgeport.

Police say since this was once farm land, it's possible that this is just a dump site.

"Our understanding is that this was farm land before, and it was a common practice for farmers in the old days to dig a big hole and dump all their garbage in and bury it," said Lt. Mike Shaw, with the Michigan State Police.

Neighbors are hoping to get some answers soon.

Four murders have been linked to the Oakland County Child Killer.

In each case, the child was found several days after they disappeared.

The first was 12 year old Mark Stebbins. The Ferndale's boy's body was found Feb. 19, 1976.

It would be several months before the killer would strike again.

On Dec. 26, 1976, the body of 12-year-old Jill Robinson was discovered in a snow bank in Troy. The Royal Oak girl had run away from home several day's earlier after getting in an argument with her mother.

It would be just one month later, on Jan. 21, 1977, when a mail carrier found Kristine Mihelich. The 10-year-old was last spotted earlier in the month buying a magazine at a Berkley 7-eleven.

The last victim of the Oakland County Child Killer was 11-year-old Timothy King. His disappeared in March while on the way to buy candy in Birmingham. After a massive search and public appeal for his release, two teens found his body in a ditch on March 22, 1977.

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