50 years after man's mysterious death, memorial crops up - WNEM TV 5

50 years after man's mysterious death, memorial crops up

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A large sum of money, the sale of a family farm and a suspicious death – now nearly 50 years later where it all happened, a mysterious memorial has cropped up.

Residents said they want answers.

"I was scared," said Tyann Krapohl.

Krapohl said she first noticed the memorial for a man named William A. Miller about four years ago.

"I didn't know what it was," Krapohl said.

Dozens of flowers and crosses line a fence off North Washington Avenue next to the GM plant in Saginaw. Since stumbling upon it Krapohl said she's been determined to figure out who William Miller is and who's been maintaining the site all these years.

"A few paranormal investigators searched and said they couldn't find out anything," Krapohl said.

After combing the area for clues, we did our own digging starting with public records. It turns out William A. Miller sold the property to General Motors back in 1966.

According to records obtained by TV5, a few days later Miller was found shot dead on his property.

A news article written by the Saginaw News, dated March 26, 1966 states the Saginaw County prosecutor's office ordered an autopsy after learning Miller received a $30,000 check for the sale of his property.

"We found William A. Miller's obituary in our database," said Leo Lefvre, a librarian assistant at Hoyt Library.

According to records at Hoyt Library, Miller worked for the Saginaw School Board for two decades.

Tune in to TV5 tomorrow for more details about the bizarre memorial nearly 50 years after Miller’s death.

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