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ISP Seeking Information On 1975 Murder
Tuesday Jul 01, 2014 2:24am

By: Jim Measel

(FORT WAYNE) - Indiana State Police say their Cold Case investigators are looking for information regarding the 1975 murder of a teenage girl that took place in either Kosciusko or Noble County.

According to State Police Detective Kevin Smith, 17 year old Laurel Jean Mitchell was last seen leaving work at Epworth Forrest in North Webster at approximately 10:15pm on the night of August 6th, 1975. She was found dead the next day in the Elkhart River in rural Noble County.

Smith is looking for help from anybody who may have known a group of young people who may have performed as a singing group at the Cokesbury Inn inside Epworth Forrest that night. The group of four or five girls and boys are believed to be from the Delphi area and told witnesses they sang at the Cokesbury Inn that night. The members were about 16 to 22 years old at the time and traveled in one vehicle. It’s believed that they stopped at the North Webster fire station at around 10:30pm that evening.

Smith said that there is still a reward for information that leads to the solving of this case. Anyone with information which identifies the singing group or their members, or on the Laurel Jean Mitchell case itself, is asked to contact Indiana State Police Detective Kevin Smith at (260) 403-2841 or at (260) 432-8661.



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