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Marquette City Police release sketch of person of interest in Presque Isle murder case

MARQUETTE — A sketch of a person of interest has been released by the Marquette City Police Department in connection to the Paul Girard murder case that occurred more than 30 years ago at Presque Isle Park in Marquette.

One of two persons of interest has been identified while the second person has not been identified, according to a Marquette City Police Department Facebook post. The sketch illustrates the second person of interest as being 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, slender build, sandy lighter colored hair with physical characteristics of bad posture. The suspect is “cognitiviely impaired, not social, not well kept in appearance and dress,” according to the Marquette City Police Department Facebook post.

On Sept. 30, 1988, 34-year-old Marquette resident Girard was discovered near Chief Kawbawgam’s grave on Presque Isle just after 10 a.m. by two people who were walking around the island and police were called to the scene shortly after, where they found Girard had suffered dozens of stab wounds at the hands of an assailant.

Several investigators with local, state and federal agencies have searched endlessly for answers. The investigation today is being actively pursued by Detective Sergeant Doug Heslip of the Marquette City Police Department.

The Marquette City Police Department is asking the public to call 906-228-0400 if they have any information regarding this case.

Jackie Jahfetson can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248. Her email address is jjahfetson@miningjournal.net.

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