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Published on August 5th, 2013 | by Daniel Perlman


Michigan grandmother arrested for murder of her granddaughter

Granddaughter’s body has not been found in the 15-year-old case.

A 74-year-old Michigan woman was arrested Wednesday for the murder of her 14-year-old granddaughter Coral Hall 15 years ago.

Grandmother Lois Janish’s inconsistent statements with police sparked suspicion. But authorities could not press charges in the death of Coral Hall – until now.

“I’m ready for her to be convicted. She took everything from me,” Coral’s half-sister Jacinda Jones told the Daily News. “She was not a very good woman.”

Trying to find Coral alive somewhere was the modus operandi in the wake of her disappearance on Sept. 22, 1998, the night Coral called a friend from a payphone to arrange a sleepover.

A friend later told cops that Coral needed a place to stay because she had been fighting with her grandmother. The teens agreed to meet up at a gas station downtown. Coral never showed.

“Coral was a troubled child and she did not get along with her grandmother, who listed her as runaway,” Flint Detective Sgt. Greg Hosmer told the Daily News.

The case later shifted from finding a runaway teenager to finding her murderer. But first, Hosmer needed to establish that the girl was in fact dead.

“When there’s not a body, you have to show that the person is not alive somewhere else,” said Hosmer

He sifted through driver’s licenses, tax returns, insurance claims and social networking profiles in all 50 states for anything that could show that the girl was still alive.

“Whatever normal people would have out there, there was nothing for Coral,” Hosmer said.

After she vanished, police started receiving reports about possible sightings. Someone reported that they saw someone who resembled Coral working at a pizzeria outside Flint. It was not her.

Investigators started to consider the possibility that she was deceased. They even compared a set of excavated skeletal remains with Coral’s dental records.

Grandma squashed the investigation and told police that she had returned home.

But Coral’s childhood friends, Melissa Jackson and Tanya Boillat, were anxious to see their long-lost pal, who never showed. Something was off. The girls visited Hosmer, voiced their concerns and asked him to look into the case.

“That’s what I did,” Hosmer said. “There were a lot of inconsistences. Every time I would talk to this one person, I realized it’s not making sense.”

That one person, Coral’s grandmother, made numerous “incriminating statements,” which police are not at liberty to divulge at this time.

Janish is being held at the Genesee County Jail. There is no bond because she faces an open murder charge.

“It feels good. It’s happy tears all the way,” Jones said. “I just want to know where my sister’s buried. When she murdered my sister, she took me down with her.”

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Source: “Michigan grandmother arrested for murder of her granddaughter,” August 5, 2013.

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