Coral Pearl Hall


Coral lived with her grandmother, Lois Janish, in an apartment building in Flint, Genesee County, MI. It was not an optimal situation. Her grandmother had been investigated but Child Protective Services, admitted to using drugs, had a boyfriend who was newly released from prison–whom Hall accused of  molesting her. Hall met with protective services on Sept. 21, 1998. The next day she was reported missing. Supposedly, on September 22, 1998, she left to return a book to someone in an upstairs apartment, but didn’t return home. Later that same night Coral called her friend Melissa Pierce and asked if she could move in with her. Melissa was in another part of the state, but a relative agreed to give her a ride to Flint to meet Coral. Coral was gone by the time Melissa arrived, and had not been seen nor heard from since then. Police believe she returned to the Ann Arbor Street apartment and there met her death.

Police stayed on top of the case and grew suspicious the more they interviewed the grandmother. On July 31, 2013, they arrested her and charged her with murder. She was arraigned August 1, 2013. At the arraignment police reported that Janish admitted that she had killed her granddaughter with a hammer, dismembered the body and disposed of it. Janish subsequently recanted her confession.

Most recently Janish was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to see if she is competent to stand trial.



Investigative Contact:
Flint Police Department 810.766.7036

Date of Birth:
Sep 21, 1984

Age at Death/Disappearance:

Date of Death/Disappearance:
Sep 22, 1998

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Case Status:
In process

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