Deborah Lynn Polinsky

Deb Polinsky
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And here is the news release sent out in 2017:

Deb Polinsky Cold Case Homicide Investigation

Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office #77-00010018


Date of Incident: Last seen 07/23/1977 at 9:00 p.m. Body Found 07/26/1977

Location: 15123 New Holland St. Holland, MI 49424- Port Sheldon Township

Victim: Deborah Lynn Polinsky, also known as “Deb”

White female D.O.B. 02/16/1957 (20 years old at time of death)

Summary: Ms. Polinsky was found in her two-story, rented farmhouse located on New Holland Street near 152nd Avenue. Her body was discovered by a co-worker after Deb failed to show up for work on Monday, 07/25/1977. Deb worked second shift at Depree Chemical Company. Ms. Polinsky was stabbed to death. There is no known motive for her death.

Ms. Polinsky was known to frequent the Holland and Saugatuck areas and had attended Holland Public Schools. She was often seen in her red, VW Beetle and in the company of her German shepherd, “Thor”.

Update: The Ottawa County Cold Case Team has been actively investigating the Polinsky homicide for the past eighteen months. The team has interviewed over 180 persons since taking on the case. With that, detectives have sent 40 DNA samples to the lab for comparison and over 600 latent prints have been analyzed.   Advances in technology have allowed investigators to gain valuable insight into this crime. As a result of some of those advances the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a female that they believe was at the scene at the time of the incident.

Contact: Anonymous tips to 1-877-88 Silent (745368) or or contact: (616) 738-4022

Authority: Captain Mark Bennett




Deborah Lynn Polinsky at age 20




Holland Sentenel, Wednesday Jy, 27, 1977, page 1

Holland Sentinel, Wednesday July, 27, 1977, page 1 (click on the image to enlarge it).


Investigative Contact:
Detective Jake Sparks at:, 616.994.4710; or Detective Jeremy Baum at:, 616.738.4018

Date of Birth:
February 16, 1957

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Date of Death/Disappearance:
July 23, 1977

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