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Monroe Co. Sheriff seeks suspect in woman’s 1983 murder

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Police are asking the public’s help to find a 63-year-old Michigan man wanted in connection to the 1983 murder of a Summerfield Township woman.

John Kelly Gentry Jr.

On Monday, Monroe County Sheriff Dale Malone said his office is searching for John Kelly Gentry Jr., who is accused of killing Barbara Gerber, who was 25 at the time of her death.

Malone said Gentry has been running from authorities for 33 years. A national arrest warrant was issued for Gentry in 1988 and remains valid.

Police said Gerber was found murdered at her home in the 19000 block of Taft Road in Summerfield Township. Her car had been stolen and later found in Toledo.

Police believe Gentry may have aged to look like this.

Detectives focused on Gentry as a suspect in the case.

During their search for Gentry, police connected him to the killing of rare coin shop owner in Toledo. The merchant, William Veith, was found murdered in the basement of his store, police said.

Veith’s vehicle also had been stolen and later located in South Bend, Indiana, according to authorities.

Police said Gentry last had contact with his friends and family in 1983 through postcards he mailed from Los Angeles.

Anyone with information about Gentry should call Detective Jeff Smith at (734) 240-7530.