Family looks for answers in 'suspicious' death of loved one - WNEM TV 5

Family looks for answers in 'suspicious' death of loved one

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A local family is trying to bring attention to the death of a loved one.

Police initially regarded the death as suspicious before changing their minds but seven years later, the victim's sister says her brother has not gotten justice.

Deetta McCallum holds back tears remembering her baby brother William Cook.

“the joker of the family. he enjoyed his kids,” McCallum said.

Billy, as they called him, was the youngest son of 10 children and grew up to have three of his own.

McCallum said Billy hit a rough patch after his divorce and got mixed in with the wrong crowd. He soon found himself addicted to drugs.

She said the family eventually got Billy to agree to check himself into rehab the following Monday, April 13, 2009.

When the day finally came, McCallum said her phone rang and it was her other brother Skip on the line.

“And I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And he goes, ‘Well…Billy’s dead,’” she remembered.

On a day when his new chapter was supposed to begin, Billy's ending had already been written.

His body was found at this home on S. Michigan in Saginaw.

"As of right now, we're treating this as a suspicious death,” police said.

In the police report, one of the witnesses said someone had beat Billy up saying, "He really (expletive) him up."

TV5 reached out to Saginaw Police to see why after this death was reported to be a murder with blunt force trauma, and why it was later ruled that Cook fell down.

Investigators have not gotten back to us, yet.

Seven years after Billy's death, McCallum said she's heard locals talking about what they call the "murder of Billy Cook," yet her baby brother's case is cold.

Worse yet, she said she knows who was involved, but needs to figure out how to get Billy's case re-opened.

Until then, she said her family will live in anguish.

"There's people out there that know what happened to my brother that we need some answers on. We need this closure for the family,” McCallum said. 

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