Justice for Janette walk scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21


REED CITY — To bring awareness to the still unsolved case of the murder of Janette Roberson, the fourth annual Justice for Janette walk is set for Saturday, Jan. 21.

"Each walk has gotten bigger,” said family friend and walk organizer Carrie Hudson. “We are hoping to get as many people as we can.”

The event will begin at noon with walkers leaving from the Reed City Depot and traveling to the Reed City Hardware, formerly known as Gamble’s store, then continuing past the police station before returning to The Depot. During the walk, attendees will stop at the store to listen to a poem.

Roberson was killed in the basement of the store 34 years ago, on Jan. 19, 1983. She was a 27-year old mother, wife, daughter and sister at the time of the murder.

Working to get the case closed and getting the killer off the street has been a passion of Hudson’s and part of the reason she continues to organize the walks.

“She was one of the nicest people I’ve ever known,” Hudson said. “She was a kind soul.”

The walk is open for community members to join.

Anyone with any information about the case can contact the Reed City Police at (231) 832-3743, the Michigan State Police at (989) 773-5951 or the MSP Crime Stoppers tipline at 1-800-SPEAKUP (1-800-773-2587).