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Elisha Anderson, Detroit Free Press

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MUSKEGON — A gun found in a locked box under the driver’s seat of a Muskegon Township man’s silver minivan matched shell casings left behind when a 36-year-old jogger was gunned down nearly two years ago.

That link led to Jeffrey Willis being charged today with open murder and using a firearm to commit a felony in the death of 36-year-old Rebekah Bletsch. She was shot near her home in Muskegon County’s Dalton Township in June 2014, leaving her family seeking answers to what happened and why.

Bletsch’s parents and two sisters held hands and wiped tears as new charges against the 46-year-old man were announced at a news conference today. Willis also faces eight counts related to materials involving minors found during a search of his property in addition to a pending kidnapping case against him.

Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson said he doesn’t know a possible motive in the homicide of Bletsch, a wife and mother.

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