Detective Mark Lindner was presented with the East Grand Rapids Public Safety Meritorious Service Award at the June 20 City Commission meeting for performing investigative duties in an exemplary manner.
Lindner, who has been with the department since 2006, received the award for his detective work after a 2001 violent criminal sexual assault in the city.
After the attack, the case went unsolved for 15 years until the Michigan State Police Crime Lab notified Lindner of an FBI DNA matching database hit. Lindner immediately reopened the case and began a criminal investigation.
Lindner spent countless hours reexamining evidence and statements, compiling DNA evidence and interviewing the victim and suspect in order to obtain an arrest warrant. Due to the solid and compelling evidence Lindner compiled, the suspect entered a guilty plea with no deals offered.
“Mark’s effort, commitment and dedication to solving this criminal incident were displayed by building an overwhelming case that the suspect could not overcome,” EGR Public Safety Director Mark Herald said. “Because of his hard work, thoroughness and professionalism, a conviction was secured and a dangerous subject is behind bars.”
Photo left to right: Mayor Amna Seibold, Public Safety Director Mark Herald, Detective Mark Lindner and his wife Lianne