Sunday, January 6, 2013

GTV NEWS: Police: Couple killed in home invasion

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) - Kentwood Police have released more details on the case involving two people who were found dead in their Stowe Valley home Saturday morning .

Police say the victims in the case, which they are now calling a double homicide, were 81-year-old David Bouwman and his wife Vivian Bouwman, 80.
"You couldn't ask for a better couple," Vivian' sister Ann Kieft told 24 Hour News 8. "There's no end to our love for her, for both of them."
Police discovered the murders after the victims' car, a gold Cadillac DeVille, was found burned near the 3800 block of Madison Avenue in Wyoming early Saturday morning.
Police traced the car back to the Bouwman's house on Stowe Valley Drive SE , where the victims were found deceased. The cause of death has not yet been released.
The murders are thought to have occurred sometime between 7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday.

Police believe the Bouwmans died during a home invasion and that one or more suspects took their car, which was then dumped and set on fire on Madison Avenue.
"What is the sense to it?" wondered Kieft. "Is it just because they thought there was something in the house? Or were they after the car?"
Vivian worked with students at Grand Rapids area schools. David was an engineer for years with the Leer Corporation. Vivian's sister Kieft, now the last of six siblings, said her brother-in-law had a special fondness for clocks.
"You just don't know how anybody could do something to people like that," Kieft said. "It a thing we just can't understand."

There are no suspect descriptions available at this time.

Authorities are asking for your help in the case. They want to speak with anyone who may have seen any suspicious people or vehicles near the crime scenes on Stowe Valley Drive SE and/or Madison Avenue or anyone who has any other information that would be helpful to their investigation. 

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