Midland County sheriff reopens 22-year-old cold case - WNEM TV 5

Midland County sheriff reopens 22-year-old cold case

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MIDLAND COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -
Lindy Barton is cautiously optimistic after finding out police are trying to bring her sister's killer to justice.

Last week, the Midland County Sheriff's Department reopened the investigation into the 1991 death of 43-year-old Diane Ross. The unsolved crime haunts Barton every day.

"It brought hope, and just the feeling that they're looking at it again and maybe there's a reason for that. It just is just something you can never lay to rest," Barton said.

Ross, bound to a wheelchair because of her health, was beaten to death with a broken pool cue. It all happened about 20 minutes west of Midland on 11-Mile road near M-20.

"Why her? She had never did anything to anybody. She was a good person. She stayed to herself. How could anyone do that to someone so defenseless?" Barton said.

No one from the sheriff's department was available to go on camera Monday, and Barton tells TV5 detectives have been tight-lipped about their investigation. That's just fine with her, she says, because the only thing she wants to know is when an arrest is made in this case.

"It would be a big weight off our shoulders. It would be the best thing that could ever happen, there's nothing else I'd rather have," Barton said.

Barton is grateful for all the work the department is doing to solve this crime. She said she appreciates whatever can be done to keep her sister's memory alive, all while hopefully putting whoever took her life, behind bars.

"She deserves justice," Barton said.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Midland County Sheriff's Office at 989-839-4600.

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