By Layne Lasseter and Max Cannon
Updated 1:25 p.m., Jan. 14, 2012
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The reward for information finding the killer or killers of a Kentwood couple has grown.
Silent Observer reports that the reward fund for the information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for killing David and Vivian Bouwman on January 5th has grown to $8,700.
The reward started with $2,500 from Lacks Enterprises. Silent Observer says $1,000 was received from Woodland Mall and another $5,000 was given by an anonymous donor. Another $200 in private donations have been made.
The couple, who had been married for more than 50 years, were slain in their home on Stowevalley Drive in what police believe was a home invasion. The couple’s Cadillac sedan was found burning Saturday morning, Jan. 5, in a parking lot off Madison Avenue in Wyoming.
In days since the discovery of their bodies, neighbors have come together for a candlelight vigil in Kentwood’s Princeton Estates subdivision, a quiet neighborhood that is home to more than 600 families. Many have expressed grave concern over the violent crime.Police on Thursday, Jan. 10, released a composite sketch (below) of a possible suspect. Authorities believe that person, a man in his 30s, acted along with another person. Someone had to have helped the pair in hours after the murder and arson, Kentwood Police Chief Tom Hillen believes.
The sketch is of a man suspected in the burning of the victim’s vehicle, a 2001 Cadillac Deville. That suspect is considered a person of interest in the murder of David and Vivian Bouwman on Saturday, January 5.
The suspect police are looking for is a light skinned black male in his 30′s. Investigators say he is six feet tall and has a beard with some gray in it. He was last seen wearing a tan hat and red scarf.
Investigators say that they believe there were at least two people in the Bouwman’s car after the murders and before it was set on fire. They say they believe there may have been individuals involved in the burning of the car that were not involved in the murder and those people should come forward.
He called on the greater Kentwood community to come together in support of the investigation and “strongly urged” anyone with information that may help police to come forward.
If you have information, you are asked to contact Kentwood Police at 698-6580 or Silent Observer at 774-2345.
CrimePAY$ – $8,700 Reward