Paige Marie Renkoski
30 Years Old

February 2, 1960 to May 24, 1990

Paige was born in Lansing, Michigan, February 2, 1960. She went missing on May 24, 1990 on her way home from the Detroit Metro Airport having dropped her mother off and picnicked briefly with a girlfriend and baby in Canton. She headed west on 1-96 toward her home in Okemos, planning to attend her boyfriend’s baseball game. She was last seen near the Fowlerville Exit(15 minutes from home) talking to two African-American men in an agitated manner, one of the men’s hands on her arm. The car door was open, keys in the ignition, car running, purse and shoes in the car. One man, headed east, saw her looking into the windshield of her car when the maroon mini-van pulled up behind her. This all happened on the Thursday before Memorial weekend on the very busy Interstate 96 at 3:00 in the afternoon. In spite of considerable publicity for many years, television programs, billboards, all types of media coverage and extensive searches, her case has never been resolved. Her mother continues to work with the police, POMC. Victim’s Alliance and various missing people organizations. She is presently attempting to establish state-wide protocols for collecting DNA from family members in missing person’s cases for submission to the national DNA database.

Paige was a beautiful, vivacious young woman who had returned to college to complete her degree in teaching. Opening a daycare and working with children, especially the deaf, was her goal. She loved best being surrounded by friends, holding their babies and zipping around town in her little red Toyota MR2. She jokingly told her grandmother, Grace Wait, that she had finally met the love of her life, Mr. Two!

Paige is fondly remembered by her mother, Ardis Wait Renkoski of Okemos, sisters, Tami (Leo) Renkoski/Mackeller of Allegan, Sheril Martin of Atlanta, GA, Michele Hollis of Traverse City, nephew Alex Fawaz, nieces Danielle Fawaz, Taylor Hollis, Nikki Hollis, aunts, Arthene LaSallle, Judi Wiseman, Maxine Wait, many cousins, friends and a special, faithful childhood friend, Molly Motherwell. Deceased are her father, Carl Renkoski, grandparents and uncle, Clare Wait.

A memorial brick with her name has been placed in the Children’s Garden on the campus of Michigan State University, a whimsical, happy place where family and friends can remember Paige. A Mass in her memory is said every February 2nd and May 24th at the St. John’s Student Center in E. Lansing. Her friend, Molly, Development Director of Public Radio WEMU in Ann Arbor, continues to pay tribute to Paige every May 24th. Paige will be forever loved and missed.

 

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Paige Renkoski