Bernice Charlotte Gray
Missing since December 26, 1991 from St. Clair Shores, Macomb County, Michigan.
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Bernice Gray disappeared from St. Clair Shores after dropping off her daughter at a day care center. She never showed up to work as a medical records clerk in Southfield.
Gray's bloodstained car was found four days later on Detroit's east side with two empty bullet casings in it. DNA tests later proved the blood in Bernice's car matched her own. A witness testified that he heard a gunshot that morning. Macomb County medical examiner ruled Gray was murdered based on the shell casings and amount of blood in her car.
Investigators believe Gray was shot twice in the head at a stop sign on Gordon and Florence about 06:30 on December 26, 1991.
Gray's purse was found about 07.00 on the day she disappeared, near Interstate 94 and Chalmers in Detroit.
Investigators and relatives dug up fields in Macomb County, probed canals along Lake St. Clair and searched sewers and abandoned houses in Detroit over the next few years.
Robert Pann, Bernice's ex-boyfriend has been the prime suspect in the case since shortly after Gray's disappearance. He was convicted of attempted murder of his ex-wife in 1996 and was sentenced to six years in prison. In April 2000 he was charged with first-degree murder in connection with Bernice Gray's death. Pann was found guilty of murdering Gray in 1991 and disposing of her body.
In 1993, Pann was charged with filing a false police report after he told police a backhoe he owned was missing. The same backhoe later was found near a 17.5-acre site at Hoover and Toepfer. Gray's family believes she is buried somewhere near that site.
Investigators St. Clair Shores Police Department
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The Detroit News
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