(WXYZ) - More than 30 years ago, a young woman was walking down the street in Redford Township when she suddenly vanished.
After 10 days of agony, hope turned to despair for her family when Cristina Castiglione was found murdered in a remote part of Livingston County.
“There isn’t a day I don’t think about her,” said Anna Castiglione. Castiglione’s world fell apart on March 19, 1983. That’s the day her only sister vanished.
“It just happened, one night the police came to the door, and I just knew it wasn’t good news,” said Anna Castiglione.
Cristina Castiglione had just left a friend’s house near Lola Drive and Five Mile Road in Redford Township. Her boyfriend, who had been on his way to pick her up, saw her walking westbound on 5 Mile. By the time he caught up with her, the 19-year-old was gone.
Cristina’s body was found 10 days later, more than 45 miles away, on state hunting grounds in the village of Oak Grove (north of Howell, in Livingston County).
Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputy Ed Moore was one of the first to be called to the homicide scene back in 1983.
Now Deputy Moore is taking a fresh look at Cristina’s murder as part of the Sheriff’s Cold Case Unit.
“The person we were originally looking at, which was the person that found her, stopped cooperating after a short period of time. Not enough physical evidence to show that he did or did not do it,” Deputy Moore told 7 Investigator Heather Catallo.
While detectives won’t say how Cristina was killed, the 7 Investigators have learned there could be a big twist in this cold case. They’re looking into the possibility that Cristina’s death may be connected to the murder of another teenager: a 16-year-old from South Lyon.
Exactly one year before Cristina vanished, Kimberly Louiselle disappeared after leaving her boyfriend’s home in Redford Township as well. She got a ride to 8 Mile and Merriman in Livonia, which was the last place she was seen alive.
“They looked similar. Kimberly was 5’7” and 127 pounds. They had similar hair, just below the shoulders,” said Michigan State Police Detective Sergeant Angela Hunt.
Kimberly’s body was discovered 30 miles away: also on state land, also in Livingston County. She was found on state parkland at Kensington and Grand River in Green Oak Township.
Even though Kimberly’s case has gone cold, Michigan State Police Detective Sergeant Angela Hunt is still hoping someone saw the teenager that day back in 1982 and can now provide some clues.
“It’s very important, that we still follow through. We’ll keep this open for as long as till it’s solved,” said Det. Hunt. “It’s important to bring to justice to the suspect and also closure to the family.”
Cristina’s murder tore the Castiglione family apart: her father left, and her mother never recovered. Despite the decades that have passed, Anna still wants answers.
“Probably a few days before my mom passed away, one of the things she said was, the only thing she wished she knew who had done it and why,” said Anna Castiglione. “It’s just horrible to think that there’s somebody out there that had did this.”
Many of the original suspects in both cases – including the boyfriends -- have been ruled out. That’s why if you know anything about either of these cases, detectives really want to hear from you.
Please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP or go to: www.1800speakup.org
Cristina Lynn Castiglione
Dark brown shoulder length hair
Last seen wearing a maroon coat, gray hooded sweatshirt, black t-shirt, blue jeans, and a pair of white, pink, and gray athletic-style shoes
Dark brown shoulder length hair
May have been wearing a waist-length white faux fur coat and jeans