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Search continues after man agrees to lead police to his girlfriend’s body

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Posted at 5:06 PM, Mar 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-03 10:53:10-05

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Police in Battle Creek are continuing their search for a missing woman’s body.

The search comes after the man accused of killing his girlfriend pleaded no contest to second-degree murder, Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert confirmed to FOX 17.

Derek Horton was suspected of killing Amber Griffin and burying her body in 2020.

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Undated photo of Amber Griffin and a mugshot of Derek Horton from Battle Creek Police Department

As part of the plea agreement, the open murder charge was dropped, Gilbert confirms. He also says Horton agreed to lead investigators to Griffin’s body.

The Battle Creek Police Department says they were unable to locate Griffin after a search of an area on Battle Creek’s north side on Wednesday. Police resumed the search Thursday morning.

FOX 17 spoke with Amber Griffin’s mom on Wednesday. She says she searched that area several times in the past.

Prosecutors say the plea deal will be dropped if police are unable to find her.

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