Wednesday, September 4, 1985
Divers pull woman’s body from river
By Paul Mason – News Staff Writer
The body of a partially-clad woman was found floating near the east bank of the Saginaw River near the Johnson Street Bridge late this morning, Saginaw police reported.
Two divers from the Saginaw Area Water Rescue and Recovery Team pulled the body – floating face-down about 100 feet south of the bridge – from the river during a heavy rainstorm at about 11:15.
Saginaw police said they had no identification on the woman.
The woman was clothed from the waist up, wearing a light or tan sweater or blouse-pulled up too the chest, diver David Strickland said.
“It didn’t look like she was caught on anything or hung up. The body was just floating,” Strickland said, adding there appeared to be no “major” wounds on the body.
Diver Sean Waterman said the woman appeared to be around 30 years old.
The body was found at about 10:45am by City Traffic Engineer Roger K. Walther who was driving east over the bridge.
“We were just driving over the bridge, saw something and turned around to get a better look. Then we called the police,” Walther said.
Friday, September 6, 1985
Body of woman pulled from river identified
An autopsy of a young woman pulled from the Saginaw River Wednesday has indicated she was a drowning victim, Saginaw Police said today.
The woman, Lisa Cay Kroeyr, 22 of 313 S. Jefferson, was pulled from the river near the Johnson Street Bridge during a heavy rainstorm by divers from the Saginaw Area Water Rescue and Recovery Team.
The body of the woman was first spotted by City Traffic Engineer Roger K. Walther who was driving over the bridge.
Kroeyr was clad only in a light tan top and was floating face down about 100 feet from the bridge when divers pulled her body from the water. Police have been unable to explain the missing clothing and are continuing their investigation.
“We are still attempting to speak to persons who might know what her last activities were,” said Sgt. Jesse Rendon, of the Saginaw Police.
“As in any other case, we don’t rule out foul play until we touch all the bases.”
Tuesday, September 10 1985
Suspect held in connection with drowning of local woman
Saginaw Police detectives have jailed a 27-year-old Saginaw County man in connection with the death of a 22-year-old Saginaw woman whose body was found in the Saginaw River last Wednesday.
The suspect was jailed in the investigation of the death of Lisa Cay Kroeyr, of 313 S. Jefferson, whose body was spotted by a city worker as he drove over the Johnson Street Bridge.
Divers from the Saginaw Area Water Rescue and Recovery Team spotted the body, clad only in a tan colored top, about 100 feet from the bridge and recovered it.
An autopsy showed the woman had drowned.
Police report the suspect has been jailed on an open murder charge while awaiting the results of the analysis of evidence by the Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory in Bridgeport.
“We have submitted evidence to the crime lab and we are conferring with the prosecutor’s office on the case,” the Deputy Chief Edward J. Eisch.
September 14 1985
Victim bound before put in river: police
The hands of a woman whose body was found floating in the Saginaw River a week ago Wednesday were bound before she ended up in the water, court records indicate.
Saginaw Police Department Detective Pat Rudy, in requesting search warrants from the Saginaw District Court Judge Daniel Webber, stated that Lisa Cay Kroeyr, 22, of 313 S. Jefferson, was last seen leaving Trapper’s Eatery and Saloon, at 240 W. Genesee, Friday night, August 30.
Five days later, Sept. 4, a city worker spotted a body floating in the Saginaw River about 100 feet south of the Johnson Street Bridge.
Jack Howard Reinhardt, 27, of 3017 Birch Park in Birch Run, stood mute at his arraignment this week on charges of first-degree, premeditated homicide in connection with Kroeyr’s death.
Saginaw County District Judge Harry Titus denied bond.
Reinhardt’s preliminary examination is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday before Titus.
Last week, after members of the Saginaw Area Water Rescue and Recovery Team pulled the woman’s body from the river, police would say only that they did not rule out foul play.
The Saginaw County Medical Examiner’s office has ruled that the cause of death was drowning.
Rudy, in his request for the warrants, said workers at Trapper’s saw a man talking to the woman Aug. 30.
Workers at the lounge called police after they saw the same man enter the bar Monday and called police, who arrested him and held him on an open count of murder.
September 21 1985
Birch Run man bound over in drowning
A 27-year-old Birch Run man charged in the death of a woman found drowned in the Saginaw River was bound over to Saginaw County Circuit Court Friday afternoon.
No arraignment date has been set in Circuit Court for Jack H. Reinhardt, 3017 Birch Park.
District Judge Harry M. Titus Friday ordered Reinhardt held without bond in the Saginaw County Jail on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Lisa C. Kroeyr, 22, of 313 S. Jefferson.
The Saginaw Area Water Rescue and Recovery Team pulled Kroeyr’s bound and gagged body from the river Sept. 4.
Witnesses during Reinhardt’s preliminary hearing said they saw him and Kroeyr arguing Aug. 31 at Trapper’s Eatery and Saloon, 240 W. Genesee.