Victims' families encouraged by arrests in Detroit 'Backpage' murders

2 arrested in Sterling Heights in connection with bodies found in Detroit

Author: Bisi Onile-Ere, Local 4 Reporter
Published On: May 01 2012 10:57:40 PM EDT   Updated On: May 01 2012 11:04:22 PM EDT
DETROIT -

Two mothers who are coping with the tragic deaths of their daughters are beginning to feel relief.

"We're feeling positive. At this point, we're just basically looking for closure," said Denise Reid.

Reid and Shikita Madison are the mothers of cousins Renisha Landers and Demesha Hunt who were among four women found dead in December in car trunks in Detroit.

Three of the victims were linked to escort service ads on Backpage.com.

It is a case that sent shockwaves through the community.

On Tuesday morning, a major break finally came: Police arrested two people in connection to the so-called Backpage murders.

"It made me feel really good ... I'm thankful and grateful," said Madison.

Only Local 4 cameras were rolling as police searched a Sterling Heights home near 18 Mile and Mound roads. Evidence, including clothing and computers, was collected from the home.

A man living at the home was arrested and another man was arrested in a car not far from the home.

The arrests come after an investigation by a homicide task force called REDRUM. It's a group comprised of Michigan State Police investigators, Detroit Police Department investigators and ATF agents.

Sources expect there will be more arrests.

"I just want to thank you for not giving up on our girls," Madison said.