Family of 1987 Detroit murder cold case looking for closure as suspect is still on the loose

The reasons why Edward Sayer death remains a cold case. His family speaks out on the closure that they are looking for.

DETROIT – There are many questions regarding the case, and the family of Edward Sayers is looking for answers.

Detroit police consider the murder an “overkill” due to the number of times Sayers was stabbed.

On Aug. 25, 1987, Sayers’ sisters got a phone call from their parents saying their brother was stabbed 32 times.

The suspect of the crime left a fingerprint, and police say that the print belonged to a man that lived nearby.

Detroit police let the family know about the print and who the suspected stabber was in 2004.

The suspect is still on law enforcement’s radar and if anyone has any information on this cold case, please call Detroit police.

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