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IN IN - Laurel Mitchell, 17, North Webster, 6 Aug 1975

Discussion in 'Cold Cases' started by OkieGranny, Jul 1, 2014.

  1. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    http://wthitv.com/2014/07/01/information-on-singing-group-from-delphi-wanted-in-40-year-old-cold-case/

    http://articles.wsbt.com/2013-02-26/knisley_37315100

     
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    http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/cold...ut-police-say-they-are-still-looking/26877272

     
  3. rainwater

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    I grew up in this area of Indiana and remember this event from when I was a girl. People talked about it for weeks-they were so shocked that something like this had happened in North Webster. In 1975, the entire area was the type of place where you did not need to lock doors in the daytime and you could keep your windows open at night. There were/are a number of lakes in the area with summer cottages for rent. The area in the summer is very busy, the population increases, and teens could find summer jobs in many of the businesses. Adventureland had a putt-putt golf area, a giant slide, and some other kid-friendly rides. It was torn down years ago. Found this old postcard of the inn:
    https://www.cardcow.com/256428/cokesbury-inn-epworth-forest-north-webster-indiana/.

    The " International Palace of Sports"in North Webster had opened a year or so earlier and was a huge tourist attraction.

    In Pierceton, there was a Jellystone Yogi Bear campground. Pierceton to North Webster is about 9 miles. There were no taxis or busses back then. To get around, someone would definitely need a vehicle. You just didn't see hitchhikers.
    Wawasee High school is in Syracuse. The school was built in the late 1960's and pulls its students from North Webster, Milford, and Syracuse. Syracuse is roughly 8.5 miles from North Webster on State Road 13- a winding road with several curves. You have to keep a lookout for deer crossing the road.

    https://maps.yahoo.com/directions/?...5.55912018&o=Syracuse, IN&d=North Webster, IN
     
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    I was looking around for other murders in the Northern Indiana area in the 1970s when I came across this thread. The reason, there is another unsolved murder of a girl in the area...although Indiana has never listed it as a cold case as far as I know.

    Below is information on a 13 year old girl who was murdered just one hour away from where Laurel was murdered and about a year and a half before Laurel.

    While the article below says there was no evidence of sexual assault, I believe there possibly was - Lori was found in an old outhouse, face down in the toilet with her pants pulled down, I believe she was stabbed in the throat, but I don't know if she was stabbed anywhere else - police were tight lipped about the evidence.. There may not have been evidence of sexual penetration though. Lori was last seen on the corner of the street just down the block from where she was found (and not far from where she lived). So, she disappeared within a half block of where she was last seen.

    Also, Markle is a town of only about 1,000 people, like North Webster, I don't think many were afraid of much crime. This murder really shocked the community.

    http://newspaperarchive.com/us/indiana/logansport/logansport-pharos-tribune-and-press/1974/03-25/
    MARKLE, Ind. (UPI) A mobile headquarters has been set up in this Huntington County town for police trying to solve the mysterious stabbing death of Lori Brickley, 13, Markle. An autopsy disclosed the girl had not been sexually assaulted. Several persons have been questioned a second time since the mobile headquarters was established, but a trooper said the list of general suspects has grown rather than shrunk.

    http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/45589049/
    AUTOPSY ORDERED MARKLE, Ind. (AP)--An autopsy was ordered on the body of Lori Brickley, 13, Markle.'Who was found Thursday In a building at the back end of a vacant lot less than 150 feet from her home, police said. The girl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brickley, had been missing since Monday evening.
     
  5. colette

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    Who assigns the tags for this thread? Moderators or users? And how do the tags get decided? I am from the area and have been reading about the case. Just curious if the tags are pulled for specific reasons. For example: is Adventureland a tag just because she was walking there or has LE said they believe that is a connection.
     
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    They might be computer generated and can be entered when making the thread. I am also from Northern Indiana. It is interesting that there is a Delphi connection in this case as Delphi is much in the news with the murder of those 2 girls there now.

    "Police think the answer to a 40-year-old murder case just might lie in Delphi."

    ... Smith added that if anyone from Delphi went to Epworth Forest for a camp or other event from 1974 to 1976, he wants to talk to them in hopes of gaining any additional information to help solve the homicide.

    There is a reward for information in solving the case. Smith can be contacted at 260-403-2841 or 260-432-8661.

    Reach Ben Middelkamp at ben.middelkamp@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5117.

    http://www.pharostribune.com/news/local_news/article_539e02ae-e8b1-5ed0-8bc0-fb4d5655c403.html
     
  8. Betty P

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    I read about this case here a few years ago. It has a little more significance now in light of the recent murders in Delphi.
    Surprising the local investigators had a difficult time checking out the singing group from Delphi. It sounds like there must be some connection to that group.

    When the news reports someone on the bus had to have medical attention, etc. because of something they saw it makes you wonder.

    ETA: From the link a few posts back, an agent from the Indiana State Police was investigating the case in 2014. I hope ISP is taking another look at this case now.
     
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    Does anyone have any information about Cokesbury Inn, where she worked?
     

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