Brothers to be charged in 1989 Newaygo County murder
Two brothers have been arrested in the 1989 murder of an 18-year-old in Newaygo County.
Matthew Jones, 44, of Grant, and Paul Jones, 42, of Newaygo, will be charged with first-degree murder of 18-year-old Shannon Siders, of Newaygo.
The case was, and will continue to be, a joint effort between local authorities in Newaygo County and the Attorney General's Criminal Division.
Siders was last seen around 10:30 p.m. on July 17, 1989 by her father, who worked midnights. He said she was seen riding in Paul Jones' car with his brother, Matthew. When he arrived home, she was not there. She was reported missing the next day.
In Oct. 1989, Shannon's body was found by a hunter in the Manistee National Forest in a place known as "Hole-in-the-woods." Her death was ruled a homicide.
Over 20 years later, a cold case task force was created to re-investigate the death. WOOD-TV reports Sider's body was exhumed from the Newaygo City Cemetery. It was reburied last that year, but results of what evidence was found was never released.
The Jones brothers were arrested on Tuesday and will both be charged with one count of first-degree murder. First-degree murder is a premeditated murder charge, punishable by up to life without parole.
"Homicide cases are never closed," said Detective First Lt. Mike Anderson, of Michigan State Police. "Through diligent police work and a great deal of effort and cooperation from a multijurisdictional team of investigators including the Newaygo County Prosecutor and Attorney General's office, probable cause was established to make these arrests. These arrests mark the first step in the process for obtaining justice for Shannon."
The suspects are expected to be formally charged Tuesday afternoon.