IL IL - Terri Earhart, 23, Champaign, 10 May 1981

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  1. Romulus

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    Terri Bea Earhart

    Case Classification: Missing
    Missing Since: May 10, 1981
    Location Last Seen: Champagne, Adams County, Illinois
    Physical Description

    ** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.
    Date of Birth: N/A
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 23 yrs old
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Height at Time of Disappearance: 5'4"
    Weight at Time of Disappearance: 130-140 lbs
    Hair Color: Brown
    Eye Color: Hazel
    Alias(s) / Nickname(s): N/A
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: She had a tattoo of marijuana on her right upper arm. Ears were pierced
    Dentals: Not Available
    Fingerprints: Not Available
    DNA: AvailableClothing & Personal Items


    Clothing: Unknown
    Jewelry: Ears were pierced.
    Additional Personal Items: N/ACircumstances of Disappearance

    Mother received phone call from Terri on Sunday night. She was calling from a motel in Champagne, IL. She stated she would be home on Monday, May, 11, 1981, she had a Mother's Day present for her mother and a dress for her daughter.
    Investigating Agency(s)

    If you have any information about this case please contact;
    Agency Name: Decatur Police Department
    Agency Phone Number: 217-424-2700[HR][/HR]
    Agency Case Number: ND1110593
    NamUs Case Number: MP#3032Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
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  3. Gardener1850

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    Family Trees created on Ancestry.com have her maiden name as Thomas.
    Date of birth 01 Apr 1958.
    Born in Decatur, Illinois.
    Alternate first name spelling in some records is Terrie with an e on the end.
    She married 22 Dec 1978 in Wichita, Texas.
    Her husband's last name is spelled Ehrhart in the Texas marriage record.

    Here's her marriage record on Familysearch: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VYQP-32B

    I was unable to find a yearbook photo but maybe this info will help someone else find it. Thomas is a very common last name and I don't know for certain where she went to high school.
     
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    Gardener1850 Well-Known Member

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    More info from Newspapers.com

    December 31, 1985
    Herald and Review from Decatur, Illinois


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    ...tapping of a Decatur home was filed. It was quickly impounded by court order, and police would not answer a reporter's inquiries about the case. It was known that local police, Champaign authorities and the Illinois Department of Law Enforcement were involved in the case. Ehrhart's remains have not been found, a fact that has hampered the investigation and possible prosecution of the case, Meyers said. "There has been a lot of investigation, and the case is not closed yet," he said. Meyers said Ehrhart was a resident of Decatur and last heard from in Decatur on May 10, 1981. She left the city and moved to another state for a while. He would not comment about a possible suspect or suspects, a motive or where the offense is believed to have occurred. ; He said Ehrhart was reported missing on Nov. 12, 1981, by her mother, Billie Thomas, who he identified as a resident of Moultrie... Decatur police confirmed on Monday that a 23-year-old woman who disappeared from Decatur in May 1981 is believed to be the victim of a homicide. Terrie Ehrhart was reported missing to the department in November 1981, and an extensive investigation has led police to conclude she was murdered, according to Lt. Joseph M. Meyers. When Decatur police learned of the discovery on Sunday of a skull by two hunters in DeWitt County, it prompted them to consider various reports of missing persons and homicides. Before it was determined the skull was likely that of an Indian, Ehrhart's name surfaced at police headquarters. Meyers agreed to release a few details about the investigation because he said the woman's death is now officially considered a homicide. In the months after Ehrhart's disappearance, a Macon County Circuit Court petition requesting the wire...

    https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/88322326/

    From this article and her marriage record, it seems that "Terrie Ehrhart" is the correct spelling of her name.
     
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    I think the date might be a discrepancy here. Terri Earhart went missing in 1981. The Jane Doe was found in 1995. The postmortem interval is 11 months.
     
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