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    IL - Regina Costellia, 19, Herrin, 3 June 1979

    This is an old cold case that needs some attention from my fellow Sleuthers, I ran her name in WS search and found no link or info about her. Any insight would be much appreciated in this disturbing unsolved mystery

    Sunday morning , June 3rd, 1979 two men discovered the body of 19 year old Regina (Oliver) Costellia of Herrin, Illinois. The two men were looking for a place to fish when they stopped the car near the creek and saw the body hanging from one arm which had caught between a bridge girder and the bridge floor. Her belongings were found to have been dumped just north of the bridge and the body had attempted to be dumped in the creek but appeared to have gotten lodged in the steel framework. More on this bizarre story can be found here.

    http://thesouthern.com/news/local/in...7364f4371.html


    http://www.mihp.org/2014/03/1979-the-cold-case-murder-of-regina-costellia/
    Last edited by Lil'E; 08-25-2014 at 10:31 PM. Reason: Added link
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    Thanks for posting about this case, Lil'E. It is an interesting one. Back in 1979, several suspects were under investigation. Apparently the evidence didn't pan out, but I'd like to know who they were, anyway.

    For anyone who's interested in sleuthing this one, there is a lot of information in the articles at the second link in Lil'E's post. And from the 2008 article at the other link:

    Investigation continues in cold-case murder of Herrin woman
    June 03, 2008 12:00 am • Tara Fasol, The Southern

    HERRIN - The nude body of Regina Oliver Costellia, 19, of Herrin was found dangling by the arm off Market Street Bridge in Marion on Sunday, June 3, 1979. More than 29 years later, her killer has not been brought to justice and although her case has gone cold, the investigation continues.

    "We are trying to track down a family member for comparison testing," said Master Sgt. Stan Diggs of Illinois State Police District 13 in Du Quoin. "That case is still open. We are in the process of doing some DNA techniques that weren't available back when she was found."

    Diggs said there are leads in the case that have kept law enforcement reopening the old file, but he declined to elaborate on those details.

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    interesting...wonder what she was doing when she kept leaving the party with her son for short intervals?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shamrocker99 View Post
    interesting...wonder what she was doing when she kept leaving the party with her son for short intervals?
    Some folks on a different site that attended the children's birthday party commented that cigarette smokers had to go outside and keep it away from the kids, perhaps this could explain her leaving the house.
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    Master Sgt. Stan Diggs said the case was recently reopened and investigations turned up what seemed to be new evidence of DNA on Costellia's body. Diggs said police used Facebook to find her son, who was 2 years old at the time of her death, and requested a DNA sample to match against the one found.

    Diggs said it was disappointing to find the DNA on Costellia was her own, leaving law enforcement again with no leads. Diggs said although the most recent lead turned up nothing new in the case, law enforcement will remain vigilant in searching for clues and asking the public to come forward with any information concerning this or any other cold-case murders. Anyone with information is asked to contact Illinois State Police at 618-542-2171.
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