Michigan Man indicted in East Ridge cold case homicide

43-year old Jason Kirk Sanford of Westland, Michigan has been indicted for First Degree Murder

On Tuesday, the Hamilton County Grand Jury indicted 43-year old Jason Kirk Sanford of Westland, Michigan, for First Degree Murder in Sarah Davis Perry's death.

Perry went missing on the morning of Wednesday, June 14, 2000. The next day, two 12-year-old boys playing in Spring Creek, off Springvale Avenue, found a garbage can with Perry's body inside.

Police found evidence that the 21-year-old mother, with two young boys of her own, had been strangled.

Not long before she disappeared in 2000, Perry called East Ridge Police, asking them to check her home on Lockhart Lane for her estranged boyfriend. That man was Jason Sanford. Perry told police Sanford threatened to hurt her and was trying to find her. A police officer saw Perry an hour later, walking along Ringgold Road. She told the officer Sanford was mad because she broke up with him. She was last seen alive at 8:30 that morning.

Hours after the discovery of Perry’s body, Sanford bought a one-way ticket and boarded a Greyhound bus to Detroit, Michigan. He has since been living there ever since.

Sanford is currently being held in the Westland, Michigan jail pending extradition. A Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office fugitive team go to Detroit in the coming days to pick him up and bring him back to Hamilton County.

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