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    IN - Jeanette Benson, 51, Farmersburg, 2 Jan 1981

    Still Seeking Justice in Sullivan County Cold Case Murder

    The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police Investigators are still looking for justice for 51-year-old Jeanette Benson.

    On the evening of January 2, 1981, Benson had returned to her Farmersburg home from grocery shopping.

    That’s where she was found shot to death.


    Jeanette’s husband, Emory, was at work in Terre Haute at the time of his wife’s murder.

    Emory noticed his wife’s car was pulled to the side of the driveway where she normally did not park. Police theorize the intruder’s vehicle blocked part of the driveway.

    Cottom adds, “We have been able to establish that an intruder was inside the home when she arrived. Mrs. Benson not knowing it was an intruder, thought that it was someone giving her husband a ride home.”


    Cottom says, “We really feel like that car is a central part of this investigation. The neighbors kept a close eye on one another. They knew that that car did not fit there. And that car was there just moments prior to Mrs. Benson’s arrival.”

    Cottom says the car was a “robin egg blue” Plymouth Valiant.
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