PONTIAC (WWJ) – The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office is releasing some important new information related to a “person of interest” in the Oakland County Child Killer Case. Four children – Mark Stebbins, 12; Jill Robinson, 12; Kristine Mihelich, 10; and Timothy King, 11 – were kidnapped and found dead between 1976 and 1977.
Their murders have remained unsolved. Talking to reporters on Tuesday, Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper said that DNA testing by the FBI has found that a hair found on two of those victims — Stebbins and King — came from the same person.
Cooper said that person is an associate of 70-year-old Arch Edward Sloan, the owner of a 1966 Pontiac Bonneville in which a matching hair was found. All of the children were abducted in the Woodward Corridor between Ferndale and Birmingham.
Their bodies were later dumped in Oakland and Wayne counties. It was always thought that each of these cases was link, but nothing was conclusive.
“This is the very first piece of evidence that links these two killings together,” said Cooper. Cooper said the hair does not belong to Sloan, who is currently serving time for criminal sexual conduct in an unrelated assaults young boys. “It’s been something that haunts every police officer that was around in that day and it still does today,” said Sheriff Michael Bouchard, who called on the public for help in solving this case.
WWJ spoke with Mike Stebbins, the older brother of Mark, he said he has talked with a Southfield detective in the case, but not anyone from the Prosecutor’s Office.
“I did have a (meeting with) the Southfield detectives and they are actively investigating this and there is information they can not disclose at this time, ” said Mike.
Specifically, authorities are looking for anyone who has information about people Sloan spent time with at the time these crimes took place, and who else, besides Sloan, might have been driving the car in question. A hotline has been set up for tips in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-442-7766.