Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Mysterious Death in Grand Rapids: Jessica Bailey


An undated photo of Jessica Bailey, who was 19 at the time of her death

By Grand Rapids Anonymous
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 2:33:00 A.M. EDT

The police are being their usual secretive selves in this case. Does a 19-year-old just die behind an apartment building for no reason?

Man wanted in connection to death investigation in custody
Evan Dean and 24 Hour News 8 web staff
May 23, 2017, 1:45 p.m.
Updated: May 23, 2017, 6:13 p.m.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 30-year-old man has been taken into custody in connection to a death investigation following a search on Grand Rapids’ northeast side Tuesday.

Family members identified the woman found dead behind the Lake Forest Apartments complex on Monday as 19-year-old Jessica Bailey. Police said there are no signs of foul play and the man is not a suspect in her death. However, they wanted to find him because they said he took Bailey’s car from the scene.

[The “man” is a convict and parole absconder. The GRPD has refused to reveal his name, or conviction.]

The man, who is only being called a person of interest in the case, was seen around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday running behind the Arby’s in the 1200 block of Leonard Street NE. That sparked an all-out manhunt, which forced temporary lockdowns at some nearby schools, police said.

[Since “person of interest” is such a notorious euphemism for “suspect,” it has become a synonym for it. The GRPD lied, in denying that the “man” is a suspect. The only question is what crime or crimes of which he is suspected: Murder, Grand-Theft Auto, etc. They are awaiting a cause of death, before determining the charges.]

Two hours later, the man was found inside Bailey’s vehicle near Leonard Street and Ball Avenue NE, where he was taken into custody without incident.

GRPD Sgt. Terry Dixon said the man is also a parole absconder. Investigators are now trying to figure out what he knows about Bailey’s death.

“We believe [since he was found inside said vehicle, you KNOW] that he had taken the vehicle. He was in the vehicle and had taken it from the scene. But we are still looking into the specifics regarding whether he was there, what was his role, the whole thing,” Dixon said Tuesday afternoon.

Police have not yet released the name of the man taken into custody. They also haven’t said exactly how he knew Bailey — or why he was on parole in the first place.

24 Hour News 8 spoke with Bailey’s father Tuesday afternoon, who was heartbroken over the loss of his daughter. He said she was loving, caring and a talented violinist.

Investigators are awaiting toxicology results to determine exactly how Bailey died.

GRPD’s Major Case Team is investigating the incident.

GRA: Any pertinent info will be posted.

N.S.: Thank you.


Anonymous said...

This man is on parole for kidnapping armed robbery and possession of heroin he was jess ex boyfriend who recently relapsed off herroin jess had 7 months clean and wanted nothing to do with TODD anymore. He said he was gonna commit sucide friday night so she went alone to help him. I never seen her after that. Todd stole 1500.00 out of jess account after she was passed. He killed her

Anonymous said...

How about that for inside info?Nothing on the local media yet.Was the guy white or black?

H.Bunz said...

White if u look up on booking date may 23 you can find him on inmate look up. His first name is Todd

H.Bunz said...


H.Bunz said...

Look up
Booking date May23 His first name is Todd

Nicholas said...


Thanks, sort of, but I couldn't find any listing by booking date. The links you gave me require an inmate's last name, which you surely have, since you know everything else. So why not just give me his last name?

Unknown said...

Todd stearns killed her why was she in a park no shoes no socks why is her phone missing ?????

Nicholas said...

Acesskent says, "This person is not currently in custody."

He must have made bail for being a parole absconder, and they didn't charge him (yet) for Jessica Bailey.

Anonymous said...

Todd Sterns, maybe Stearns. Not sure on the spelling. Jesse was like my little sister, I held her hand thru severe PTSD and the traumas she endured as a kid. She was doing so much better without him, she wouldn't have called him up to hang out. That I know. I saw her just a week before she was killed. She wouldn't have let him take her car either. He placed her body behind my apartment. As someone who was very close to Jesse and knew her better than most, my gut says Todd did it. She was done with him and highly disliked him. Cut him off. Where is the justice for my sister...?

H.Bunz said...

I never paid attention to todds last name sorry but jess was my roommate so thats how i know so much. Todd did not get out of jail and he cant bail out bc there is no bond hes for sure on his way back to prison just from being a parloe absoconder. The major case head detective said he grilled todd for at least a hr straight. Not one word out of todd does he believe. If todd couldnt have Jess he felt no one could have her

H.Bunz said...


H.Bunz said...

Booking date may 25,2017

H.Bunz said...

They sent todd already back to prison and he caught two more charges when the cops picked him up poss of cocaine and hes a third habitual offender his bond was 50,000. Jessicas toxiology test came back....clean as a whistle she did not relapse. This is now official a homicide.

H.Bunz said...

It said todd allen jr stearns wasnt booked until may 25 so my question is where did the cops keep him for 2days????????

Anonymous said...

How do you know the toxicology results? Can't find anymore information or updates online.

H.Bunz said...

I spoke with jess dad.

H.Bunz said...

Todd knew he was going back to prison for violating his parole. This man is a monster. I have a feeling todd needed money for drugs and Jess told him no. He was not going to accept that. Wtf is taking the cops so long . ??????

Anonymous said...

That's not true. The toxicology results haven't been released to the family yet.

Anonymous said...

I had heard she left/sent suicide notes and the whole thing was a double suicide. Todd made it and Jess didn't. Can anyone confirm any suicide notes?

Steve Bailey said...

If you want all of the information on this from days before my daughters death until yesterday's sentencing of Todd Stearns you can contact me directly. GRPD and Kent county's judicial system failed my daughter.

Lillybird. said...

I was one of her best friends, she left me a note. She had a small group of very close friends. But only I, and two other of her close friends got a note from what I heard.