Moments Leading Up to Daughter’s Murder: ‘He Begged Her Not To Go’

Posted at 6:43 PM, Aug 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-12 20:21:13-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Parents of a murdered mother from West Michigan said their great grandchild was the last person to see Marie Nettles alive. They said he was at home with Nettles the night she left and that he begged her not to go.

Mary Novy, Nettles’ mother, said her daughter left her house on Franklin Street voluntarily Wednesday night.

“One of my grandsons was up there with her and there was a knock at the door. It was two guys,” Novy said. “He said, ‘Grandma, where are you going?’ She said, ‘I’m going to the park.’ He begged her and begged her not to go.”

Nettles body was found the next morning near a walking path at Plaster Creek Trail, near Ken-O-Sha Park.

Investigators said it appears the 47-year-old was killed somewhere else and that her body was left there.

FOX 17 contacted the Grand Rapids Police Department to see if this information brought forth by Nettles’ family has helped in the investigation. We were unable to get in touch with anyone at the department about the case by 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

As for Nettles’ mother, she said she hopes her daughter’s killer, or killers, will be found and brought to justice.

“I hope they get a life sentence. Not a life sentence but the death sentence,” Novy said. “I can’t believe it happened to her.”

Anyone with information on what happened to Nettles is asked to give Silent Observer a call at 774-2345