YTSILANTI—Acting on a vague tip that a clew to the identity of the slayer of 7-year-old Richard Streicher, of this city, might be found in an unoccupied building a block from the Streicher home, city and state police yesterday searched the place, but without result. No slightest indication that any former occupants of the building might have been connected with the crime could be found.
Richard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Streicher, then residents of Ypsiianti, was reported missing the night of March 7, 1935, and shortly after noon the following day his body, bearing fourteen knife wounds in the head, throat and chest, was found hidden beneath a footbridge over the Huron river a short distance from his home.
Scores of persons have been closely questioned, and officers of the city, county and state, have spent months of time investigating the crime, but the identity of the slayer and the motive for the murder have never been definitely determined.
The slain child's parents now are living in Grand Rapids.