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    GA - Debbie Randall, 9, Marietta, 13 Jan 1972

    Debbie Randall was last seen leaving a laundromat about half a block away from her home. She never arrived and was abducted close to her house; a spilled box of laundry detergent was found outside. Over the next couple of weeks, a massive search effort was done to locate Debbie. On January 29th, a group of Southern Tech students located her body with the same clothes she had on when she disappeared. An autopsy report revealed that she had been criminally assaulted and then strangled.

    Residents reported seeing a dark pick-up truck in the area on the day of Debbie's abduction. It had been around her home and pulled into a parking area beside the road where the detergent was found. Multiple individuals confessed to the murder but they were all ruled out. Virgil Delano Presnell was investigated after he was arrested for the murder of Lori Smith in 1976. It was determined that he was not in the area at the time.

    Despite the passage of time, investigators continue to work the case and hope that they can one day identify Debbie's killer.

    http://www.mdjonline.com/news/cobb-s...7e7df8e95.html

    “We now have something that we haven’t had in 40-plus years,” said Cobb County Cold Case Unit investigator Morris Nix, a retired lieutenant with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office and currently a sergeant with the Kennesaw Police Department.

    “We have a DNA profile. DNA has changed the game,” Nix said. “It is something that we didn’t think we would have, but do because of the diligence of the Marietta Police Department.”

    In February, the Cold Case Unit learned that they were able to get a DNA profile off of items collected and preserved at the scene.

    “I want to emphasize,” Nix said, “that without the cooperation of the Marietta Police Department, Chief (Dan) Flynn and his detectives, and without them trusting us with this case, what we can do with it, none of this would be possible. We have received nothing but cooperation from them. Without that cooperation we wouldn’t be where we are at.”

    The profile was submitted to the Combined DNA Index System, which is a national criminal database, but there wasn’t a match. But, Nix said that now that the profile is in the database, a match could come in whenever a new profile is submitted to CODIS.
    http://www.fox10tv.com/story/3074312...h-lynn-randall

    But time is running out for Juanita Randall who is fighting an aggressive form of leukemia. Her dying wish is to know – once and for all – who killed her little freckle-faced girl.

    “I’d give anything if I could find out who it was before I pass away," said Juanita Randall.

    Detectives are hopeful they’ll be able to grant that wish, but they still need that crucial match through DNA to bring closure to the case and the Randall family.

    "Many times you believe you know the answer and you just can’t get there as far as evidence," said Dawes.

    Detectives now have a short list of suspects that they hope to narrow down to just one. In the meantime, Debbie’s family believes someone may have information to help them crack the case.

    “Please tell them, please tell them. It’s been too long, you know," said Melvin Randall.

    Until then, the family clings to memories and a box full of Debbie’s doll clothes and small toys; a few precious photographs.
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    https://news.google.com/newspapers?n...,1847620&hl=en


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    http://cnews.canoe.com/CNEWS/Crime/2.../22717997.html
    Brad Hunter, Toronto Sun

    Apr 15, 2017
    Who killed Debbie Lynn Randall in 1972?

    The files are no doubt yellowed with age.
    They are not frozen in time like the smile of Debbie Lynn Randall.

    She was a happy Grade 3 student in Marietta, Georgia.

    And then, like that, she was grabbed off the street, raped and killed and her body tossed away into a drainage ditch minutes from the safety of her home on Jan. 13, 1972. The killer was never caught.
    Now, a team of retired detectives are determined to give Debbie Lynn’s mother her dying wish: put her baby’s killer behind bars.
    “She was a beautiful kid. You look at her picture and you can see the innocence,” retired Det. Morris Nix told CBS Atlanta.

    On the night she was murdered, the Barbie-loving 9-year-old left the laundromat where she was helping her stepdad do the wash. Debbie Lynn walked out – her home was 75 yards away – and was grabbed by a person in a dark pickup.

    But the killer left behind DNA and the little girl’s family is praying that seals the deal. Cops now have a narrow list of suspects. But will it be in time for Debbie Lynn’s mom, Juanita, who is dying of leukemia?

    “I’d give anything if I could find out who it was before I pass away,” her mother said.

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    Jan 11, 2016

    Deborah Lynn Randal

    On the afternoon of January 13, Debbie was there washing clothes with friends. After some time passed, her mother began to worry. And when the family went to check on her she was gone.

    A woman who worked there said she saw Debbie leave hours earlier.

    "So she started walking home and they grabbed her out in the parking lot," said Debbie's mother, Juanita Randall.

    Police found laundry soap splattered on the pavement in the parking lot.

    For the next 16 days, Debbie’s disappearance made local and national headlines.

    Then on a rainy evening at dusk, Debbie was found dead lying face down wearing the long-sleeved lavender dress she wore to school the day she was kidnapped, raped, and killed.
    It turns out Debbie’s killer left clues, including witness descriptions of his truck and a small amount of DNA that detectives have just now been able to extract and submit into CODIS – a national evidence database. It’s the closest they’ve come yet to cracking the case.

    “That’s what gives us hope. The technology they got nowadays that they didn’t have then. That’s what gives us hope," said Melvin Randall.
    But time is running out for Juanita Randall who is fighting an aggressive form of leukemia. Her dying wish is to know – once and for all – who killed her little freckle-faced girl.

    Detectives now have a short list of suspects that they hope to narrow down to just one. In the meantime, Debbie’s family believes someone may have information to help them crack the case.

    “Please tell them, please tell them. It’s been too long, you know," said Melvin Randall.
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    There is an article here:

    Witness to 45-year-old cold case comes forward for the first time, speaks about 9-year-old girl’s abduction, murder

    For 45 years, a witness, who was a little girl herself when she saw the abduction, hasn’t spoken out—until now.
    Sandra, who describes herself as “once a street kid,” spoke exclusively to Nancy Grace about Debbie. Sandra was just 12 years old when she witnessed a man in a black pickup truck get out of his vehicle, grab Debbie, and force her into the truck.


    Sandra, who thought maybe the man was a family member, admitted that she snickered and thought to herself that Debbie was being punished after doing something she shouldn’t have.


    http://www.crimeonline.com/2017/06/2...uction-murder/
    It also has a 22 minute episode of Crime Stories with Nancy Grace about the case at the link.

    And a possible sketch of the suspect:



    And a bit of a summary about the suspect:

    What We Know About the Suspect:


    • White male with medium build
    • Wore long pants and a shirt
    • Drove a black pickup truck
    • May have taken Debbie to the now-closed business, Dixie Cast and Stone, in Marietta
    • Numerous day laborers worked at Dixie Cast and Stone, possibly including the suspect
    • The suspect may have worked at Dixie Cast and Stone anywhere from 1968-1974
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    A narrow list of suspects is certainly promising, especially with a composite image of the perp, imo.
    Hoping Debbie Lynn's Mom gets the answers she needs very soon!
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    http://www.torontosun.com/2017/04/15/killers-in-blue
    On the night she was murdered, the Barbie-loving 9-year-old left the laundromat where she was helping her stepdad do the wash. Debbie Lynn walked out – her home was 75 yards away – and was grabbed by a person in a dark pickup.

    But the killer left behind DNA and the little girl’s family is praying that seals the deal. Cops now have a narrow list of suspects. But will it be in time for Debbie Lynn’s mom, Juanita, who is dying of leukemia?

    “I’d give anything if I could find out who it was before I pass away,” her mother said.

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    How is her mom doing healthwise?

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    I see the post that said she was helping her stepdad with the wash. Do we know if he witnessed anything or if he was actually at the laudramat with her?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tc12215 View Post
    I see the post that said she was helping her stepdad with the wash. Do we know if he witnessed anything or if he was actually at the laudramat with her?
    Welcome to Ws Tc12215!
    There is a little more information in one of the links JusticeWillBeServed posted.
    https://news.google.com/newspapers?n...,1847620&hl=en

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    Another article here:

    http://www.mdjonline.com/news/cobb-s...7e7df8e95.html

    It does not say Debbie was with friends, but her stepdad had been with her. Than he left. She was walking home alone, and was abducted and killed.

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