Thursday, August 20, 2020

Cold-case murder investigation to be reopened

Egypt Covington
A new investigation is under way into the death of Egypt Covington, a 27-year-old singer who was found shot and killed inside her Van Buren Township home in June of 2017.
On the third anniversary of her death, Ms. Covington's family organized a rally urging Michigan State Police to get involved in the investigation.  Their efforts were apparently successful as the state agency has now confirmed that investigators will be assisting Van Buren Township police in reopening the probe into Ms. Covington's death.
Dwayne Turner, Ms. Covington's brother, is not satisfied with the assistance of the state investigators, however, and wants the state to assume the entire investigation. 
He alleges that Van Buren Township Police have been unsuccessful in finding his sister's killer in the three years that department has led the investigation and wants state troopers to now have full control and access to all the files, tips and leads.
“They've had their chance. It's the state's chance now. They have all the resources needed, strategies and tactics,” Turner said. “When we first met with Michigan State Police we had asked them if they knew these names. They did not. Van Buren was very familiar with these names so we are just really curious why.”
The family now has the backing of a new Crime Stoppers campaign with a $2,500 reward with hopes of reaching farther and generating new leads to give investigators and the family a clearer picture of the case they are building together.
Anyone with any information on the death of Egypt Covington is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.