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Police Look for Answers in Notorious Lansing Murder


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The 12th anniversary of Lansing's infamous unsolved murder, the shooting death of Bernita White, is next week. Police re-opened the case, now focusing on what type of person could have committed this crime.

Investigators met this week, intent on making progress on what's been classified as Lansing's most notorious murder.

Bernita White, a loving mother of two, killed in broad day light, as she and her daughter walked toward Potter Park Zoo. A single bullet, fired from a high powered rifle, hit White's left arm, pierced her heart and took her life on June 23, 2001.

"This is a crime that really haunts the City of Lansing," said Daryl Green, the captain of the Lansing Police Department.

That bullet was never found and her killer still walks free. Now, nearly 12 years later, police continue looking for answers. They say they're taking a fresh look and coming up with new information to present to the public.

"We as police officers are out there doing what we can to investigate cases, but ultimately we need the citizens and the public to step up and that's what we're asking in this situation," said Lt. Kyle Bowman, MSP.

Next Sunday, police plan to go door to door around Potter Park, handing out flyers, asking anyone if they have any information about the case, or know someone who matches their description.

Police believe the suspect is a man around the same age as White, who's smart and has strong communication skills. They say he was organized, manipulative, professional, comfortable with the area and emotionally connected to White.

"We know that there's some critical information out there that someone has."


If you have any information about the case, you're asked to contact police. You can call 1-800-SPEAK-UP, visit the website www.1800speakup.org or send a text message to CRIMES (274637). There is up to a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.

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