CONWAY TWP. (WWJ) - A lead in the 21-year search for Paige Renkoski has turned up nothing. Sheriff’s Officials in Livingston County say the bones or remains found in a Conway Township are not of the missing 30-year-old woman.
Investigators were led to the private property after reviewing a 1999 case file, which included a letter and a hand drawn map indicating Renkoski’s remains were buried there. The area had previously been searched with ground-penetrating radar, but never with cadaver dogs.
A dig in the area ended Friday did not turn up Renkowski’s remains.
A deputy told WWJ’s Marie Osborne they are disapointed as are members of Renkoski’s family, who have been notified.
In May 1990, Renkoski’s car was found idling on the side of I-96 near Fowlerville, with her purse inside. Reports at the time indicate she was on her from way from Metro Airport to Okemos, near Lansing when she disappeared.
Her case has been ruled a homicide, even though her body has never been found and no one has been charged in her disappearance or death.
Earlier Friday, Sheriff Bob Bezotte said this week’s search stemmed from a tip about a local resident.
“It was the daughter of this guy who actually called us and said … my stepfather could be a suspect. So, now it give us some new leads, some new information to go on,” Bezotte said.
Authorities are continuing to ask for the public’s help in solving the Renkoski case. Anyone with information is urged to call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-SPEAK UP. You can also text your tip to CRIMES (274637).