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Date: August 28, 2023
Address: 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy., Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Contact: KDPS Criminal Investigation Division 269-337-8139
Kalamazoo Public Safety Investigates Suspicious Deaths

UPDATE: Victims Identified

On Tuesday, August 22, 2023, at about 7:30 p.m., Officers, who responded to a report of  a suspicious death, located two bodies. Detectives and the Crime Lab responded to investigate this matter as a homicide. A search warrant was executed over the course of three days to gather all of the evidence from the property. The bodies were taken to the Medical Examiner’s office at WMED for a postmortem examination.

The victims have been identified as Tarra Dametria Mayes, a 46-year-old female, and Alfred Oneal Simpson, a 67-year-old male. Both were residents of Kalamazoo. The killing of Ms. Mayes and Mr. Simpson remains an open and active investigation.

Detectives are asking that anyone with information about these homicides to call the Criminal Investigation Division at 269-337-8139. Witnesses can also provide information anonymously through Silent Observer by calling 269-343-2100 or online through this website.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety wishes to extend its sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Ms. Mayes and Mr. Simpson.

By authority of:

Capt. Rafael Diaz
Criminal Investigation Division

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