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Pocahontas blanket could provide valuable clues in murder case

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Emergency rescue crews recovered the body of then 47 year-old Gerald (Jerry) Ray Holmes from the Thunder Bay River on April 6, 2008.

A Pocahontas-themed blanket may provide valuable clues in the murder case pending against an Alpena woman.

Lori Antonette Grotto, whose maiden name is Kotwicki, is charged with the murder of her former 47 year-old husband Gerald (Jerry) Ray Holmes.  Holmes body was recovered from the Thunder Bay River in April 2008.

In court this week, Grotto’s 15 year-old biological daughter said she saw Holmes body in the basement of the family’s former home on Beebe Street.  She said it was wrapped in plastic and her sister’s Pocahontas blanket, with a rope tied around the middle of the body.

40 year-old Lori Grotto is charged with murdering her former husband.

In September of 2009, True North Radio learned the new owner’s of the Beebe Street home dug up a plastic bag in the back yard containing a blanket.  That evidence was not talked about in court this week and Alpena County Prosecutor Ed Black would not confirm the blanket in the bag was the same one allegedly used to wrap Holmes body. 

A fresh dig in the backyard of the Beebe St. home may have contained a Pocahontas blanket used to wrap Holmes body.

If the blood of Holmes is found on the blanket it could be a key piece of evidence for the prosecution.

Meanwhile, TNRN has learned some of the human blood found in the basement of the home and in Grotto’s S-10 pickup truck contains the DNA of Holmes and some of it does not.