Family Begs Father to Turn Himself In

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The story continues to baffle the community. What drove Donald Holmes to possibly have shot and murdered his wife Catherine? Meridian Township investigating Sgt. Greg Frenger says finding Donald is his department's immediate goal.

"To try and locate him, that's our number one priority, to get the word out to the public to keep an eye out for him and his vehicle," Frenger says.

Police authorized two arrest warrants for Holmes on Sunday, Frenger says. The warrants are for open murder and felony firearm.

And now, one of Catherine and Donald's four children is speaking out. In an Email written to the Lansing State Journal, eldest son Brian Holmes issues a plea to his father:

"Give [yourself] up to the police immediately," and "He was a wonderful and adoring husband, and I can't imagine what would have driven him to do this," are some excerpts of the Email.

Frenger says you'd be hard-pressed to find a law enforcement agent who hasn't come in contact with Donald Holmes on a professional level.

"We're shocked. A good many of the people here know Mr. Holmes," he says.

Holmes, who lives in Haslett, often teaches law enforcement classes and is respected for his work as an accident reconstruction consultant for area police departments.

This is the first homicide Meridian Township has seen all year, but Frenger says the family connection isn't unusual.

"Most homicides do involve a family member, so this is not terribly uncommon. It's just uncommon in this area."

Donald Holmes is still at large and should be considered dangerous. If you have any information about where he is, please call Meridian Police at 853-4800 or 911.

He may be driving a 1992 four-door gold Buick Regal with Michigan plates PRT 252. He has blue eyes, gray hair and an acne-scarred face.