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Police seeking help from public for nearly 40-year-old murder case


Indiana State Police (ISP) cold case investigators are asking for the public's help solving murder case that is nearly 40-years-old.

Police are looking into the murder of 17-year-old Laurel Jean Mitchell, who was found dead in the Elkhart River in Noble County on August 7, 1975. Mitchell was last seen leaving work at Epworth Forrest in North Webster at 10:15pm on the previous night.

ISP specifically wants help identifying people who might have performed as a singing group at the Cokesbury Inn inside Epworth Forrest the night Mitchell disappeared. Police think they were a group of five boys and girls, ranging from ages 16-22, from Delphi, Indiana. Police believe they all traveled in one car and stopped at the North Webster fire station around 10:30pm.

Detective Kevin Smith is working the case, and says there's a reward for anyone with information on the identities of the people in the singing group, or on the case itself. He can be reached at 260-403-2841 or 260-432-8661.

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