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KS - Tirell Ocobock, 18, Topeka, 26 April 1976http://www.nebraska.tv/Global/story.asp?S=11536213
Shawnee County authorities have decided to reopen the investigation into a 1976 murder of an 18-year-old woman.
The sheriff's department on Wednesday announced that it was seeking the public's help in trying to solve the death of Tirell D. Ocobock.
She was beaten to death and her body was discovered on April 26, 1976, in Topeka.
The sheriff's department did not say what prompted it to reopen the case, but asked anyone who had information to call the Crime Stoppers tip line.
Johanna Ocobock, Tirell's mother, says she does not know why officers reopened the case
also, looks like the case was hot in 2000:
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Tirell D. Ocobock, 18, whose body was found in April 1976 near S.W. 2nd and Urish Road. She had been beaten to death.
Christie said the department had assigned a full-time investigator to the case and followed up about 150 leads in the past three months. Christie said detectives hoped to take advantage of advancements in forensic technology that enhance the chance of identifying the killer.
Ocobock's body was found April 26, 1976, at the side of a dirt road in what investigators said was commonly known as a lovers' lane. She was naked from the waist up and lying near old auto parts in a roadside dump area. Detectives said three bloody tree limbs found at the site may have been used to kill her.
Authorities also found a sweater, large denim purse and small brown dog near the body of Ocobock, who had been employed at an animal hospital and was a freshman at Washburn University. The dog was taken to a humane shelter.
Ocobock had been last seen alive at about 7:15 a.m. at her home on the day she died. Her body was found just before 2 p.m.
Christie said Tuesday that the Capital Area Major Case Squad initially investigated the case. More than $8,000 in rewards was offered, but no arrests have been made.
Further probes were later conducted by the sheriff's department and Kansas Department of Investigation. Authorities tried unsuccessfully during the 1980s and 1990s to link serial killer Tony Joe LaRette to the slaying. LaRette, who lived in Topeka at times during the 1970s, was executed in 1995 in Missouri for a murder committed in 1980 in St. Charles, Mo.
this link has her picture
05-18-2015, 10:44 PM #2
From October 2014:
Searcy also is associate producer of the Capital Cold Case TV program, which seeks information about unsolved murders committed in the Topeka-Shawnee County area. Following airing of the first episode in 2010 about the slayings of Jackie Hay, 5, who disappeared in 1981 and was never found, and Tirell Ocobock, 18, who was slain in 1976, investigators got 27 tips about those two cases.
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