Monroe police say they have person of interest in nearly 50-year-old cold case

"We believe a juvenile known to Renee committed this crime. We are appealing to the suspect or his family to come forward at this time with even the smallest pieces of information. We are confident they know more than has been disclosed over the past several years," said Monroe Police Chief Keith White.

Mark Sudol

Apr 18, 2024, 11:09 AM

Updated 36 days ago

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New information may help Monroe police solve a nearly 50-year-old cold case.
Police say they have a person of interest in the murder of 8-year-old Renee Freer.
"This was a violent crime," said Monroe Police Chief Keith White.
"It appeared she had been murdered with a large rock," said Monroe Police Lt. Kevin McKellick.
Police say Freer was playing with her friends near her home on Williams Drive on June 22, 1977.
Old newspaper articles describe the story. Her mother had to run to the store and left the child in the care of her grandparents. Hours later, police found Freer's body in the woods not far from her home.
Police say she was hit repeatedly in the face with a rock that was found near her body. Police have been working this case since it first happened and say they still get tips.
"The investigators at the time interviewed the entire neighborhood trying to find clues as to what happened in this case," said McKellick.
Police released new information Thursday that they hope can solve this case.
"We believe a juvenile known to Renee committed this crime. We are appealing to the suspect or his family to come forward at this time with even the smallest pieces of information. We are confident they know more than has been disclosed over the past several years," said White.
This case has recently been talked about again after author Erik Hanson, a former Monroe resident, decided to write a book about her murder.
"We've got to solve this. This has to get solved," said Hanson.
Hanson has started a Facebook Group called Who Killed Renee Freer.
"I think there are people who know stuff, and they're either afraid or they don't think it has value - and it actually could have tremendous value," said Hanson.
Monroe police say there were three murders in the state the day Renee died. Two of them went to the Medical Examiner's office. Freer's autopsy was done at a local hospital, which made the investigation more challenging.
Police say Freer's mother has since died.
Hanson expects his book to come out next year.


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