Police reopen investigation into suspicious 2001 fatal fire

Posted at 10:24 AM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 10:45:55-05

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (AP) — Police say they’re reopening an investigation into a suspicious fire 15 years ago in western Michigan that killed a 53-year-old woman and her two dogs.

State police this week announced the update on the case, saying its investigators are working with the Newaygo County sheriff’s department and prosecutor’s office.

Geraldine Rauch died following the February 2, 2001 fire that destroyed the home she shared with her husband at 2975 North Baldwin Road in White Cloud.

In a statement, police noted that cold cases “are often solved because the passage of time allows witnesses and persons with information the courage to come forward.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact D/Sgt. Scott Rios at, the Michigan State Police at 231.873.2171, voice mail 231-873-3584 ext 222, or Silent Observer at 231.652.1121 .