Having trouble receiving FOX 17? Click here:

Task force asks for new tips in 1983 Newaygo Co. homicide

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Richard Atwood, 1983

NEWAYGO, Mich. – A task force is looking for new clues in a 1983 Newaygo County homicide.

Michigan State Police say that Richard Atwood, then 25, was last seen on August 10, 1983 in White Cloud.  Atwood and his 1975 brown Pontiac Trans-Am were reported missing on August 22, 1983.  The car was found in the Grand Rapids area on October 17, 1983.

Atwood’s body has never been found, but police say that they believe he is deceased and the case is considered a homicide.

Richard Atwood's Trans-Am, 1983

Richard Atwood’s Trans-Am, 1983

The task force, which includes the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department and the Newaygo County Prosecutor, reports that they have been following up on tips in the case.  They say that they are confident that advancements in forensic science and technology will generate new leads in the case.  They also say that as time passes, witnesses often feel more comfortable coming forward.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Sgt. Scott Rios at rioss@michigan.gov , the Michigan State Police at 231-873-2171 or Silent Observer at 231-652-1121.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.