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Who killed Roy LaFray?

Who killed Roy LaFray?

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SAGINAW TOWNSHIP (WJRT) - (06/24/14) - It was a murder that shocked a Mid-Michigan community.

Five years ago Tuesday, an elderly man was attacked and killed at his Saginaw Township home and his body was dumped at a different location.

There have been no arrests in the case, and police, and the victim's family, still hope someone will come forward with new information.

The murder of 88-year-old Roy LaFray has stumped police for five years now, and his family is still wondering exactly what happened on June 24, 2009.

“You couldn't ask for a better person, so why,” asks Ron LaFray.

So why would anyone hurt 88-year-old Roy LaFray? Police believe he was sitting in his garage on Midland Road when someone attacked him.

LaFray's body was then put in his own car trunk and driven to a field about a mile away. That's where police eventually found him.

“There was certainly a lot to it, there was hundreds and hundreds of hours of investigation that went into this, and continues to this day,” says Lieutenant John Pelkki, of the Saginaw Township Police Department.

He says the case is cold, but not closed. Police have released few details about their investigation, but it's believed LaFray was hit with some type of weapon.

“We know there are people that know things that we have not learned yet,” Pelkki. said.

After five years, the leads on potential suspects, and there have been a few, have gone cold.

“In my eyes, the person who did this, has done some other things before, it was just too clean, no clues, no nothing,” says Roy LaFray, who discovered his father was missing from his home.

Roy and his brother Ron thought someone would have been arrested by now.

“There is no closure, I walk through this garage everyday, and it's hard,” Ron said.

“You travel down the road, to McCarty Road where they found Dad's body, and you can't help, but everyday, you think about it, every day,” Roy said.

Roy's wife, Phyllis,  passed away shortly after his death. Ron moved back from Colorado and now lives in his parents former home. The U.S. Flag outside the home flies at half staff, and it will remain there until someone is caught. Two of the five surviving LaFray brothers wonder when that will happen.

“I'm losing a little confidence in the investigation, but there is always hope,” Ron said.

“Like Ron said, my confidence is diminished, but I guess I have faith, there is no such thing as a perfect crime,” Roy said.

 Police would like any tips on this case - and remember, Crime Stoppers offers a reward up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest. 

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