On December 22, 2022, two men were arrested and charged with first-degree felony murder and felony firearm possession in relation to the Nov. 16, 2018 murder of Chong Moua Yang.

Chong–an avid, lifelong hunter–failed to return home from a trip to his favorite public land hunting spot on the day of his death. When his family went to search for him, fearing that he’d suffered some sort of medical emergency, they found two sets of footprints that led them to his body.

They found Chong lying at the foot of his tree stand, deceased from a fatal gunshot wound to the head. His hunting shotgun, hunting knife and backpack were nowhere to be seen, and had apparently been stolen.

The Bath Township Police diligently investigated Chong’s murder for four years, with the help of the FBI. Finally, on December 22, 2022, two local men–Robert Rodway (34) and Thomas Olson (34)–were arrested and charged with felony murder and felony firearm possession in relation to Chong’s murder. Investigators say that a plastic bag and hunting spray found at the scene of the crime helped lead them to Rodway and Olson.

Rodway and Olson are being held without bond, and are scheduled to attend a probable cause conference on January 5, 2023, and a preliminary hearing on January 12, 2023.

Sources used to research this update:

Two Men Charged in Cold Case Killing of Lansing Hunter in Bath Township in. 2018 (Lansing State Journal Staff / Lansing State Journal)

Two Arrested in Connection with 2018 Homicide of Hunter (Krystle Hollman / WILX10 News)

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