Year passes after Sara Lee’s death; arrest warrant still out for ‘Butch’ Knight

Posted at 10:45 PM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-11 22:57:23-05

GLADWIN, Mich -- Monday afternoon, family and friends gathered in Gladwin to remember a West Michigan woman believed to have been murdered by her husband on January 13th of 2015. She was found dead at 6216 116th Avenue in Ganges Township.

You might remember the name Harold "Butch" Knight.  He's the man suspected of killing his wife, Sara Lee, last year in Allegan County. 911 dispatch received a call from Butch Knight around 8 AM admitting to killing his wife.

Butch, a retired truck driver, and Sara met in 1996 while Sara was caring for Butch’s parents as a respiratory therapist. She was also a Mary Kay provider. Family and friends said they looked happy. Butch would often call her “hunny bunny” and left love notes and cards for her.

Knight disappeared after her death, leading to the Allegan County Sheriff's Department to issue an arrest warrant. Over the course of 2015, there were several reports have surfaced regarding his whereabouts, leading authorities to believe that he's somewhere in Maine.

At this week's vigil, loved ones asked questions they wish they could ask directly to "Butch" Knight.

"Why, what's the motive? There is no clear cut motive of what's going on?" asked Roxanne Harris, daughter of Sara Lee. "I want him to know he had no right to do that. He had no right taking her." She went on to say that Knight didn't just take her mom; he hurt a lot of others, too.

Family and friends said that if he's watching, they want him to know that he's not forgiven.

Despite several sightings and even national coverage, 'Butch' Knight remains at large.

Sara's mother - Carolyn Clore - believes authorities should be doing more.

"[Harold Knight} called them [the police] and told them he killed her," said Clore. "I  don’t understand why they couldn’t have traced him then."

Harris believes that someone is helping 'Butch' Knight.  She's hoping to raise enough money through her GoFundMe campaign to help persuade them to turn him into authorities.

Anyone with information on Knight's whereabouts is asked to contact the Allegan County Sheriff's Office at 269-673-0500.