Every year around this time we see a good handful of website posts, TV news reports, and newspaper articles about - what has become – the state’s most infamous, mysterious, and puzzling cold case.

May 24, 2023 marked the 33rd observance of the disappearance of Paige Renkoski, who at the time was a substitute teacher from Okemos.

Even with all the annual reports, there never seems to be any new findings at all. They all say the same thing, re-hashing the same details. But that’s a good thing. It HAS to be brought up continuously and not forgotten or swept under the rug. We need to constantly be reminded of this case in the hopes that somehow, someway, there is someone who has been protecting somebody who’s responsible.

There have been well over one thousand tips, endless theories, and even a map that was sent, supposedly showing where she was. But she wasn’t. Is it possible that Paige is still alive? Definitely. So far there is no proof to the otherwise. She was last seen alive standing next to her car along I-96. If she was kidnapped, there obviously would have been some kind of a struggle there on the road…..and if there was, it’s more than likely one or more of the numerous passing motorists saw it taking place. And if THAT is so, why haven’t any of them come forward? There were some witnesses who say they saw her talking to a man next to a mini-van…but no mention of any kind of struggle.

Police crews, volunteers, cadaver dogs, radar, false leads…..even psychics were used – all to no avail.

It took place at approximately 3:00 in the afternoon.

According to Click on Detroit, here is the timeline:
Paige left her mother at the airport around 11:30am.
Then, she visited a friend in Canton Township and left there around 2pm.
She bought a beer at a party store in Canton Township between 2:30-2:45pm.
The disappearance happened around 3:00pm.
Her Oldsmobile Cutlass was found idling on the side of I-96 near the Fowlerville exit at 7:48pm.

Paige’s current age is 63. She is 5’6”, has blue eyes and strawberry blonde hair.

Anyone who has a tip and is not afraid to speak up can contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department at 517-546-2440 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak Up.

After 33 years, it’s easy for someone to say “just let it go”.
But we can’t.
We just can’t.

The Disappearance of Paige Renkoski


More From 99.1 WFMK