Search continues 2 years later in hit-and-run death of local student

By: Joshua Gordon | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published November 6, 2017

 Ryan Tsatsos, of Macomb Township, was killed in a hit-and-run accident in 2015 on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant.

Ryan Tsatsos, of Macomb Township, was killed in a hit-and-run accident in 2015 on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant.

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — It’s been two years since the Tsatsos family lost their son, Ryan Tsatsos, in a fatal hit-and-run accident on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant.

No suspect has been named in the case, but the family has not given up hope of finding some closure in the case.

Tsatsos’ parents, Paul and Julie, along with the Michigan State Police and Crime Stoppers, made another plea on Nov. 1 in Mount Pleasant, offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

“We have never stopped investigating it, and as long as tips keep coming in, we will keep working on it,” said Michigan State Police Detective Sergeant Todd Parsons. “We really need the public’s help, and we try to keep this in the public eye as long as we can so people remember this happened.”

Tsatsos, from Macomb Township, was an 18-year-old freshman at CMU in 2015 when he was walking just after midnight on Nov. 1 on the south part of the campus. Police say he was struck by a vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

According to police, it is believed the vehicle is a dark or metallic blue four-door model. The vehicle may also have had front-end damage because of the accident.

Ryan Tsatsos’ death came just a few months after his older brother, Darryl Tsatsos, died in a three-car crash in Macomb Township in July 2015. A Macomb County Sheriff’s deputy said Darryl Tsatsos, 19, was speeding when he collided with another vehicle.

As part of the plea to find the person that hit Ryan Tsatsos, three billboards have been put up in the Mount Pleasant area asking for tips to be called into Crime Stoppers. The tips can be anonymous, and Crime Stoppers has offered a $2,500 reward, along with $7,500 offered by the Tsatsos family for a total of a $10,000 reward. 

“The family is making a desperate plea as they just need to know what happened to their son,” said Julie Lopez, director for Crime Stoppers of Flint & Genesee County. “I hate the word closure, but it would help the family.”

Because it was Halloween weekend, it is possible the suspect could have been from out of town, Parsons said.

“CMU is a large college, and you have people from not only all over Michigan, but all over the country,” he said. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be (a) student. It could be a local or someone from out of town visiting a friend. We are trying to keep all the options on the table.”

A GoFundMe fundraiser was set up for the Tsatsos family following Ryan Tsatsos’ death that raised over $50,000.

Anyone with information on the accident can call the Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant Post at (989) 773-5951, or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (800) 422-5245.