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Decades-Old Murder Case May Be Solved

(Niles, Michigan) - An area cold case turned red hot Friday with the announcement of an arrest made for a murder committed 35 years ago.


In February of 1987, the body of 30-year-old Roxanne Wood was found by her husband in a pool of blood in their Niles, Michigan home.


On Thursday 67-year-old Wayne Gilham of South Bend was taken into custody. Authorities are not revealing what exactly led them to Gilham as the murderer. He is awaiting extradition to Michigan, where he faces charges of breaking and entering and murder. The latter offense carries a potential life sentence.


Police say they reviewed the case several times over the years. In 2020 investigators went through over 3,000 pages of information about it. They are still looking at evidence and asking for the public’s help for any further leads. Police believe Gilham has been involved in other crimes. Anyone with information related to the case is encouraged to contact the Michigan State Police Niles Post at 269-683-4411.

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