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The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in a case closed 24 years ago.

Mary Prieur, 88, was killed on February 27, 1997 in Lennon. Authorities say she was brutally beaten and suffocated. His body was found in a swampy, wooded area about 150 yards from his home near Lennon Road and E. M-13.

Sheriff Chris Swanson announced that Michael Bur, a 41-year-old man from Lennon, was arraigned Thursday morning on one count of murder, first degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping.

In the past 24 hours, Swanson said investigators had developed a lead based on scientific analysis. Burr has been taken into custody at his home, which is very close to where Prior’s murder took place, Swanson said.

Burr remains housed in the Genesee County Jail without bail. Swanson has vowed to release more details of the case on Wednesday, November 17.

“Law enforcement agencies across the country. When they have unresolved cases, these victims just never leave us,” Swanson said. “You take an 88 year old lady who lives in peace and is dragged out of her house, raped and murdered, you get personal to find out who did this.”

“I told him that day in 2004: the next time I see you, you will be in chains and you will be charged with murder. And that day was today,” Swanson said.

He said Bur is officially charged with murder, criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping and remains behind bars.

Swanson said the arrest is a testament to investigators’ unwavering dedication in their quest to bring justice to Prior.

“For the past several decades she has been part of the family. To bring her closure and to close the village of Lennon, this is a day to celebrate justice,” Swanson said.

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