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Old 06-30-2020, 05:02 AM
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https://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo...eek-woman.html

Boyfriend charged with murder of missing Battle Creek woman
Updated Jun 29, 2020



BATTLE CREEK, MI — The June 22 disappearance of a Battle Creek woman is now being treated as a homicide by police, who have arrested and charged her boyfriend with open murder.

Derek Horton, 25,
was arraigned Monday, June 29 in Calhoun County District Court on a single count of open murder in the death of Amber Griffin, who was reported missing a week earlier. He is being held at the Calhoun County Jail without bond.

Horton, according to a news release from the Battle Creek Police Department, was Griffin’s boyfriend.

Griffin’s body is yet to be found, police said.

Griffin was reported missing on June 24 by her mother and Horton, who came into the police station together, Sgt. Joel Case told MLive.

Griffin’s mother reported last seeing her daughter the evening of June 22. Horton, according to Case, said he last saw Griffin around midnight that night at the couple’s Bedford Township home.

As police began to investigate the missing person complaint, numerous inconsistencies were discovered in Horton’s story, Case said.

Among those inconsistencies included more than one witness stating they saw the couple together at about 2 a.m. June 23.

This was about the same time, Case said, a 911 call was made from Griffin’s phone in which dispatchers could make out an active struggle between a man and a woman. Dispatchers were able to identify the woman’s voice as Griffin’s, Case said.

Officers were later able to locate and process two separate scenes, Case said.

The first of which was on Oneita Street in Battle Creek, in the area where the 911 call was made from — and where an apparent violent struggle occurred between the two of them, Case said.

Evidence was located at the other scene that led officers to Mix Hardware in Battle Creek, where surveillance footage showed Horton purchasing a shovel at around 2:30 p.m. June 23, Case said.

Case did not disclose the location of the second scene. He said police suspect Horton may have buried Griffin’s body, but they have not located the body as of yet.

Horton was arrested on June 26 for aggravated domestic violence and interfering with a 911 call, Case said. On June 27, the charge was upped to open murder.

Horton was previously charged in February 2019 with assault with intent to do great bodily harm against Griffin and, in January 2020, with domestic violence against Griffin, Calhoun County Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Buscher told the court during Horton’s June 29 arraignment hearing. Both charges were later dismissed, Buscher said.
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