Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Renkoski was last seen around 4. p.m. May 24, 1990, on westbound Interstate 96, about one-quarter of a mile east of the Fowlerville exit or mile marker 129, talking to a man standing next to a maroon-colored minivan.
Some reports indicated the second vehicle was parked in front of Renkoskiís; however, the majority of witnesses reported seeing the second vehicle behind Renkoskiís car. Those witnesses reported that Renkoski and an unidentified male were seen standing and talking between the two vehicles. At least one witness reported seeing a man holding Renkoskiís elbow and guiding her. Eighty percent or more of the tips received indicated the man near Renkoski was black, but some have reported a Hispanic man as well.
Her vehicle was located hours later, abandoned on I-96, with the key still in ignition and the engine still running with the lights on. The front door was unlocked. Investigators also found Renkoskiís shoes lying on the floor near the driverís seat and her purse with her wallet with money inside was in the car as were personal items, including papers.
Based on witness accounts, Renkoski drove her mother to Detroit Metropolitan Airport at around 11:30 a.m. May 24, 1990. She then went to visit a friend in Canton, where they went to a park before returning to the friendís home.
Renkoski was seen at around 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. at a now-defunct party store at Ford Road, west of Interstate 275 in Canton, where she purchased a beer, which was found in the car. Various witnesses reported seeing Renkoski driving west on I-96, including one woman who claimed she might have seen the missing woman at a rest-stop kiosk. A couple of long-haul semi drivers reported seeing an attractive blond fitting Renkoskiís description as they drove alongside or passed her vehicle on I-96.
The spot where investigators found the 1986 silver Calais Renkoski was driving was not processed as a crime scene because at the time it was merely considered an abandoned car and had been tagged as such by an officer, and the vehicle was towed. A witness reported seeing Renkoski near the car in the 3 oíclock hour, and officers responded to the scene after 6 p.m. upon learning Renkoski was missing and the car hadnít been abandoned.
Police found several fingerprints on the car, but they have yet to find a match through the law enforcement databases. They also have palm prints but have found no match.
Police has ruled the case a homicide, even though her body has never been found.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Livingston County Sheriff's Office
Lansing State Journal