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Illinois Has Many Cold Cases, Check These Out? Was a Serial Killer at Large?


Every state has someone or several someones maintaining a list of cold cases. This means different things to different people. I’m always surprised at the varying numbers of listed cold cases, depending on the site visited. Part of that is because some sites count cases of missing persons among the cold cases; some are statewide and some are regional. Sometimes I’m not sure why all the known cases are not listed, when it is a governmental body who is maintaining the list. One site that seems to really go all out to cover everything in Illinois is: http://ilcoldcases.blogspot.com/ There is also a site maintained by the Illinois State Police at http://www.isp.state.il.us/crime/unsolved.cfm.

I didn’t know about many of the cases listed on the http://ilcoldcases.blogspot.com/. The administrator of that site has shown great dedication and done a tremendous amount of work searching for all the missing, unsolved homicides, unidentified dead and others. You will be shocked when you check out this site at the number of entries. It is doubly heartbreaking because there are pictures in most cases. These are all people who have met with violence or trauma or the unknown and all of them left people behind who seek justice or just simply the knowledge of what happened to a loved one. You can help them with that.

Rather than list one cold case per state, I am going to take a broader view. I will be dealing only with cold case homicides at this point, but feel free to bring up other cold cases if you have a particular interest, where there are missing persons, suspicions of foul play or other unusual cases. Maybe someone’s death was labeled an accident, a suicide or something else and you think it is a homicide or maybe even a homicide related to another crime. I don’t encourage wild speculation and won’t tolerate character assassination without any basis in fact but if you present a good case and try to remain respectful, I will see what I can do.

Just because I am only listing some of the cases for each state does not mean that all of the other cases are not equally important. It simply is not possible to go into every case in detail, especially in a state with large urban populations, such as Chicago. Again, feel free to discuss other cases.

Please review the Illinois cold case homicides below:

The Lane Bryant homicides are horrifying. Five women died Feburary 2, 2008, in Tinley Park, IL. They included Store Manager Rhoda McFarland, 42, of Joliet; Jennifer L. Bishop, 34, of South Bend, Indiana; Carrie Hudek Chiuso, 33, of Frankfort; Connie R. Woolfolk, 37, of Flossmoor; and young Sarah T. Szafranski of Oak Forest, only 22.

Six women were shot — five fatally — inside the Lane Bryant store at the Brookside Marketplace shopping center at 191st Street and Harlem Avenue. Ten years later, there have been no arrests and no charges filed. The murderer is at large. Investigators hope to finally locate their suspect. Police released a 3D image of a suspect.

This suspect is 6’- 6’ 2”, with a husky build and broad shoulders. He was 25-35 at the time of the murders, making him an estimated 35-45 now. His hair was braided that day, with with three to five puffy cornrows pulled toward the back of his head and a single braid with four light-green beads on its end dangling down his right cheek. He was wearing a charcoal gray ski or skull cap with a dark-colored, waist-length jacket and black jeans that had embroidery on their back pockets resembling a cursive letter “G”.

This is the suspect in the Lane Bryant homicides. Note his distinctive hairstyle.

This is a solvable case. The suspect was very distinctive and someone out there knows him. If you have information, call the tip hotline at 708-444-5394 or email lanebryant.tipline@tinleypark.org.

Dalton Mesarchik

Child homicide cases are the most distressing for investigators. No one has forgotten about this child. On March 26, 2003, seven-year-old Streator resident Dalton Mesarchik was reported missing from the front yard of his home. The following day, Dalton’s body was located in the Vermillion River. An intense, multi jurisdictional investigation ensued. Agents from the Streator Police Department, Livingston County Sheriff’s Department, and Illinois State Police interviewed dozens of people and followed up on hundreds of leads in an attempt to identify the person responsible for Dalton’s murder. Physical evidence from Dalton’s body and the body recovery site was sent to the ISP Crime Lab for processing. The Dalton Mesarchik Task Force was set up to try to find the person(s) responsible. The crime is still unsolved.

Anyone with information of Dalton’s murder, the hammer used in the murder, or the location where Dalton’s body was found may contact: Illinois State Police – Dalton Mesarchik Task Force by telephone at 1-815-844-1500 (ext.2321) or email at daltonm@isp.state.il.us
Visit this ISP website for a photo and contact information: http://www.isp.state.il.us/crime/unsolveddetails.cfm?ID=47#WaitingforJustice

Keith Brown

Keith Brown’s homicide remains open in Southern Illinois. Keith Brown lived in Buckner, a small town in Franklin County. His wife reported him missing February 3, 1993 and he has now been gone 25 years. His blue 1989 Plymouth hatchback, (IL. Reg. KWA682) was discovered two days later in a remote area near Crab Orchard Lake in Williamson County.

Keith Brown’ skeletal remains were found near Crab Orchard Lake in Williamson County in June 1993 in a different location than his car, months after he turned up missing. His remains were discovered when a farmer bailing hay in the field encountered skeletal remains and reported it to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department. Keith died from gunshot wounds.

Keith worked as a nurse at local nursing homes. Did he anger someone with whom he worked? Did he fire someone who sought revenge? Keith enjoyed fishing at Crab Orchard Lake. Did he encounter some at that isolated area near the lake who killed him at random?

There were other killings in the Crab Orchard Lake area around that time. Someone or several someones were targeting unaccompanied men found in the area and there were other vicious murders. So, it is not out of the question that the killer(s) targeted Keith because he was found alone in the area.

Although time has passed, there’s someone out there who has the information needed to solve this case. Maybe they were married to someone who talked about the murder or maybe they heard something at a gathering of family or friends. It’s time to get it off their chest and help solve this crime which left a family devastated.


LISA DAWN CARNES Brutally Murdered Massac County Illinois March 1984

Lisa Carnes’ body was found in a field in rural Massac County (Illinois) near Macedonia Church Road and U. S. Highway 45. She had been brutally murdered and left to die in a rural field. Carnes’ truck was later located roughly four miles from the site where her body was located. Her family tends to suspect that she knew her killer and had some connection with that killer. Her nude body was found March 30, 1984, near Macedonia Church Road and U.S. 45. Three decades after her body was found in a rural Massac County field, the murder of Lisa Ann Carnes remains unsolved.

Her pickup truck was found U.S. 45 and Illinois 169. Her clothes were found between the truck and a rural county road. A large amount of blood was found on the back porch of an unoccupied farmhouse. Her body was found about a quarter mile away. She died from a bullet to the back and the theory was that she ran to the farmhouse for help and finding no one there, fled through the field. Someone may have been afraid to talk at that time but maybe now their circumstances have changed and they can help bring a vicious murderer to justice.

Over time people get divorced, relatives pass away, domestic violence victims leave relationships that kept them so fearful they are willing to keep quiet even about murder. Maybe someone knows that their ex-spouse or boyfriend was responsible for Carnes’ death, maybe they were a child in the household and heard things no child should hear but they are now adults and not fearful of talking about what they heard. Murder does not occur in a vacuum. Most murders are not the result of a psychopathic, brilliant serial killer. Most of them occur because someone did something stupid at a time of weakness. These people are not career criminals, they nearly always leave some kind of trail and someone out there knows about it. Maybe the killer talked to friends over beers, maybe he came home one night covered in blood and distraught, maybe he even asked someone to come pick him up at the murder scene. SOMEONE KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED TO LISA CARNES.

A Facebook page devoted to Carnes is at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LisaCarnes1984/

Kimberly Mabry
On April 14, 1995, the dismembered body of Kimberly R. Mabry, of Rockford, Illinois, was found in a creek, in a remote, rural area of Whiteside County near Coleta, Illinois. Kimberly was last seen alive on September 1, 1994, in Rockford, Illinois. The victim worked as an exotic dancer; she may have visited the Broadway Street and Grand Hotel areas in Rockford, Illinois.

Anyone with any information regarding Kimberly’s associates, areas she frequented, persons who frequent “crack” houses; and/or solicits prostitutes in the Rockford, Illinois area is urged to contact Sgt. Jerome Costliow, Illinois State Police at 815-632-4010 ext 283; or Analyst John Roman, Illinois State Police, Field Support Section at 888/375-9611, or romanjo@isp.state.il.us.

Unidentified White Female, Collinsville

On July 20, 1990, at 1:25 p.m., an unidentified, white female body was found in a bean field approximately 40 feet north of Lebanon Road, 1/10th of a mile west of the Troy and O’Fallon Road in Jarvis Township, Collinsville, Illinois. The victim’s death resulted from multiple cutting and stab wounds to the neck and torso; her fallopian tubes, uterus and ovaries were missing. Evidence of surgical removal could not be determined. No defensive wounds were found on the victim. The body appeared to have been placed at the site two to three days prior to discovery.

Anyone with any information regarding the identification of the unidentified victim is urged to contact Detective Leonard Suhre, Madison County Sheriff’s Department at 618/692-4433 or 618/ 692-0871.

Four Unidentified Black Females in 2002:

Could these be the work of a serial killer?

While the case on the Will-Kankakee County line is geographically not close to the others mentioned, serial killers often travel and that may be why these women have not been identified. Note also that two of the women were found near interstates and the others near other highways.


Unidentified black African American female
January 30, 2002
Near Mile Marker 22 Interstate 64

This unidentified black female was found in rural Mascoutah.

On Wednesday, January 30, 2002, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Illinois State Police responded to a complaint concerning the discovery of skeletal remains near mile marker 22 on Interstate 64. The complaint originated from workers of the Illinois Department of Transportation who were working in the vicinity and discovered the remains. The skeletal remains were situated off the roadway on the east side of the Silver Creek overpass in rural Mascoutah, Illinois. At the direction of the St. Clair County Coroner’s office, the remains were transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital, East St. Louis, Illinois, where an autopsy was performed. The autopsy, performed by Dr. James Petterchak, revealed the following information about the deceased: believed to be an African-American female, approximate age 20-30 years, with two rings on the left hand (one (1) 14 ct. small gold band (size 7 1/4) and one (1) costume style ring (size 6 ½) with a light blue colored tear shaped stone), wearing a black colored sleeveless one-piece Jason Matthews brand jumpsuit. The autopsy could not determine the cause of the death and it is believed that the victim has been deceased for several months. Additional forensic examinations will be conducted to determine the identity of the woman.

Anyone with information concerning the identity of the victim or the circumstances surrounding her death are urged to contact Illinois State Police Sergeant Kurt Sachtleben at 618/346-3788 or 618/346-3781.

Madison County

Unidentified Black Female Adult
Near the Silver Creek overpass, in rural Madison County at mile marker 23 on eastbound I-70

This unidentified African American female was found in Madison County.

Illinois State Police released a computer generated image of a black female victim on June 18, 2002. The remains had been discovered on March 11, 2002 near mile post 23 on I-70 (eastbound). The image reflecst how the victim may have looked prior to her death. The skeletal remains of the victim were originally discovered by Illinois Department of Transportation workers near an underpass in rural Madison County. A subsequent autopsy could not determine the cause of death and it is believed that the victim had been deceased four to six months. That means that she died around September-October 2002.
Anyone with information concerning the identity of the victim or the circumstances surrounding her death are urged to contact ISP Sergeant Kurt Sachtleben at (618) 346-3788 or (618) 346-3781.

Unidentified black female
Found March 28, 2002
Near Gall Route on IL Route 3

This unidentified female was found near Columbia, IL.

The Columbia Police Department and Major Case Squad started an investigation of skeletal remains on March 28, 2002, that were found on a creek bed on Route 3 near Gall Road in Columbia. Investigators located a size XL green shirt with a large “M” and the word “Mavericks”, in orange or yellow lettering, across the front of the shirt. The shirt also had two buttons at the top similar to a softball jersey. Also at the scene were a pair of khaki colored size 3 “Chazzz Credentials” shorts.

This African American female was aged 33-50, 5’ 1”, give or take three inches, and she was believed to have delivered a child or children. The forensic examiner believed she had been deceased at least six months but not more than a year. That would mean she went missing somewhere between about March 2001 and September 2001. Someone had to have missed her. Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Joe Edwards of the Columbia Police Department at (618) 281-5151.

Will-Kankakee County
Unidentified African American female
Found October 1, 2002

Unidentified African American female found near the Will-Kankakee line in Illinois.

Will-Kankakee County Line, near Route 45
The skeletal remains of an African-American female were found October 1, 2002 near the Will-Kankakee County Line, near Route 45.

The ISP, in cooperation with the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office and the Coroner’s Office, is looking for information that may help identify her. She was approximately 30-40 years old at the time of death and stood around 5’3″ tall. She is thought to have died in 2001. A forensic artist provided this sketch and the hairstyle is only an estimate.

If you can provide any information about the possible identity of this person, or the circumstances of her death, please contact Trooper Darrin Devine or Master Sergeant Ruben Bautista, ISP, Zone 3 Investigations in Ashkum, (815) 698-2672. All information will be treated as confidential upon request.

Lisa Uzzle
The case of Lisa Uzzle isn’t as cold as many and maybe there is someone out there willing to come forth and talk about what happened to her. She was a well know postal worker with a mail route through Marion. She was found in late 2014 in what remained of her burning home and she died from a gunshot wound. The fire was probably set to destroy evidence and it did a lot of that. Her contacts could be tracked down from her cell phone by using her phone and text messages and internet usage for the day of her death.

Jefferson County

This case is particularly interesting because the victim had a condition that would have been obvious and surely there is someone out there would might suspect the person they knew with this issue might be this unidentified person. Obviously, at least to me, since only the head was located, this was most likely a homicide and the rest of the body concealed somewhere, maybe even nearby in Jefferson County. Someone out there can solve this case.

Unknown female in Jefferson County
Found January 24 or 27 (both dates found in unsolved listings), 1993
Wayne Fitzgerald State Park in Jefferson County

The head of a white female was found in a wooded area in the Wayne Fitzgerald State Park in Jefferson County. Postmortem examination revealed the victim had approximately shoulder length reddish-brown hair.

Analysis by the University of Illinois Anthropology Department indicated the victim’s age ranged between 30 to 50 years. Unusual skeletal characteristics of the skull and upper front cervical vertebrae indicate the victim suffered from chronic spasmodic torticollis, or wryneck, a condition which causes stress on the muscles which are responsible for maintaining upright head posture. Evidence of a healed traumatic lesion on the skull suggests this condition may have been preceded by head trauma; this would have resulted in the victim maintaining a leftward tilt of the head.
Anyone with any information that would help identify this unidentified victim is urged to contact Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department at (618) 242-2141 or ISP at (618) 542-1137.

Darlene Polizzi Has Been Missing 50 Years Can You Help?

Darlene DeWolff Polizzi has been missing for fifty years. Her family misses her. She may have been the victim of Raymond Alves, who is an already incarcerated suspected serial killer.

Young Darlene DeWolff Polizzi went missing 50 years ago from Bergen County, NJ. Maybe you remember her or a possible suspect in her missing, Raymond Alves.

Raymond Alves is in prison for attacks on other teenagers and is a suspect in several homicides.

I was contacted by the family of Darlene DeWolff Polizzi who disappeared from Lodi, New Jersey, April 24, 1967. She’s been missing for 50 years. Her family hasn’t forgotten her.

Darlene DeWolff Polizzi was a young woman, just 19, when she went missing from Lodi in Bergen County, New Jersey, April 24, 1967. Her nieces called her “Aunt Dee Dee.” Darlene has reddish brown hair and brown eyes, a small female at 5’ 3” and weighing 100 pounds. She was wearing a brown blouse and a skirt with polka dots, along with a brown suede coat with a fur collar, when she went missing.

She and her husband were looking at new apartments with her husband and had returned home to Westminster Place in Lodi, NJ. Her husband went out, leaving Darlene home alone. She was reported missing by her husband on April 25 and he believed she took several items of clothing, but left behind most personal belongings, including her jewelry. She was a waitress at the Hangar Restaurant in Paramus and known to frequent Tommy’s Diner on Paterson Avenue in Wallington.

There is some belief that Darlene might have been the victim of a serial killer. Raymond Alves worked with Darlene’s husband at a sheet metal plant and Darlene was friends with Alves’ wife. Some of the suspicion came about due to the highly suspicious move of the Alves family the day after Polizzi disappeared. Alves was convicted of raping a teenager in Fair Lawn and pushing another teenage girl off a bridge in Clifton in 1976.

He served 23 years of a 47-year sentence and was released from prison in 2000. Authorities suspected that the murders of seven teenage females whose bodies were found in Bergen County, NJ, might be laid at his doorstep, that he might be a serial killer. He has not been charges in these deaths nor in Polizzi’s disappearance but the concern is there.

Alves has been a controversial figure after being released without prosecutors being notified. He was locked back up after a nationwide manhunt after his release and being featured on America’s Most Wanted.

Prosecutors weren’t aware that Alves was being let go and never got a chance to seek to have him civilly committed as a sexually violent predator and had the arrest warrant issued. He also failed to comply with Megan’s law to register as a sex offender. The AP reported that he claimed to have raped and killed more than a dozen women. Law enforcement officials also say Alves remains a suspect in the unsolved slayings of six young women in Bergen and Passaic counties between 1966 and 1976.

Alves has been active in filing suit against the Department of Corrections for mental health treatment for inmates and other relief in New Jersey. I once had a perp who was a serial sex abuse offender and that is how he spent, and is still spending his time in prison, filing federal lawsuits over this and that.

There aren’t a lot of remaining family members of Darlene Polizzi, but they miss Aunt Dee Dee and have continued to look for her and urge that official channels remain open and looking for her. Maybe initially she was just another missing woman and authorities didn’t know if she’d been taken or left on her own, because the police didn’t get a statement from her sister, who had been looking for her. Her sister was 8 months pregnant at the time. The police also did not have DNA until they obtained it from the last surviving sister, who passed last year. One niece wasn’t born when her Aunt Dee Dee disappeared but she is among those who still wants to know what happened to her.

Was Raymond Alves responsible for her disappearance or was there another person responsible for her disappearance and the murders of other young women during that time period? If you have any information about Darlene or any of the other young women, now is the time to provide that information.

The family would appreciate that anyone with any information about Darlene contact:

The Bergen County (NJ) Prosecutor’s Office
Lt. Carmen Martino

Does Hawaii (Kauai) have a serial killer who is still at large?

Does beautiful, idyllic Hawaii have a serial killer? Investigators believe that may be the case, with three victims that fit the same profile and have similar physical characteristics. One victim was able to survive her attacker’s attempt to take her life.

Maybe this 2000 attacker has left the area or is in prison for something else. While the attacks occurred in an isolated area, it was near the beach and probably had people who regularly went to the area for surfing. Your information could change the direction of investigators or let them know they are on the right track. Women in the area still feel fear because of the assailant, who is still at large.

Lisa Bissell and Darren Singer weren’t as fortunate as the second victim, who was left seriously injured. Both of them faced an attacker with a knife and were sexually assaulted and killed. Bissell was believed to have been taken to the isolated Polihale Beach Park on the west end of the island after being attacked elsewhere. On April 7, 2000, 38 year old Bissell was found in a ditch, stabbed to death, off a roadway leading to Polihale.

Lisa Bissell was the first victim of the Kauai serial killer who is still at large.

The lone survivor, a 52 year old woman, was attacked doing yard work in Kekaha. She suffered a broken arm and was stabbed in the abdomen during an attempted sexual assault.

Daren R. Singer, 43, was found at Pakala Beach, partially clad, another victim of stab wounds. There were signs indicating she was also a sexual assault victim and cash was located at her campsite, suggesting robbery was not the motive for the killing. She was similar in appearance to the 38yo Bissell. Singer was a local craftsperson and reported a Krishna devotee. Pakala Beach is located in a remote area of Kauai but popular with surfers. Bissell was killed only a few miles away and the location was also near where the third surviving victims was seriously injured during an attempted sexual assault.

Daren Singer, Kauai murder victim. Found at Pakala Point Beach.

Lisa Bissell was killed April 7, 2000.

The unknown victim was assaulted and injured in a sexual assault attempt in a yard at Kekaha on May 22.

Daren Singer was killed August 30.

Each victims was sexually assaulted.

The weapon used in each case was a knife.

The victims were all Caucasian.

Each victims was 5’ 2” to 5’ 5” tall.

Each victims weighed about 100 pounds.

The victims were all alone at the time of their attacks.

The attacks were all on the west side of Kauai near the beach.

Each victim appears to have suffered at the hands of a single assailant.

The victims were all middle aged, from 38-52.

Police have been very active in this case, interviewing as many as six suspects. They also located a vehicle they suspect may have been used to move a victim’s body. DNA results are pending. The surviving victim was able to provide information for a composite.

The surviving victim provided information for a composite of her attacker.

Forward any information related to this crime to Special Investigator John Burgess at 808-241-1734 or Special Investigators Joe Adric or Paul Kanoho at 808-241-1757. You may also send information to the Kauai County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney at 808-241-1888 or via email:coldcase@kauai.gov

1989 Tuscaloosa AL Double Homicide Tied to FL Double Homicide

I am planning to hit the 50 states and possibly a little more in the next few weeks and months.    This will begin with Alabama and proceed alphabetically unless there is some reason that another case needs to take center stage or have an update.    I will add photos as they become possible.


The double murder of Acie and Carolyn Worthy struck me because it appeared to be two nice people minding their own business, active in their communties and their only appeal to a killer maybe being that Mr. Worthy was known to carry large amounts of case.   Their murder was tied to a double murder in Florida earlier in 1989 and two skis masks were found at that scene.   Remember that there may be TWO killers when you are running this through your head to see if you might remember seeing something or hearing something or being the confidante of someone who told you about these homicides.


The Worthy Homicides


Everyone knows that criminals target vulnerable people who may carry cash money, not thinking of themselves as potential victims and believing they live in safe neighborhoods.


Acie and Carolyn Worthy lived one mile off Interstate  59/20 on Alabama Highway 216.  Their local volunteer fire department responded to a report of a house fire at their home on October 16, 1989, at 12:43 a.m.   Anyone who has been to a fire scene knows the destruction caused by the fire and also by the efforts  of the fire fighters to quelch the fire and save any residents.   The fire damage and then the water damage and efforts to breach the house are likely just what the killers had in mind.   Both Acie and Carolyn Worthy’s bodies were found in the home and initial investigation showed that they died, not from the fire or smoke inhalation, but from gunshot wounds.

Mrs. Worthy was choir director and the couple had  aarriveed home from a Sunday night church service.   The house had been intentionally torched, with the reasonable assumption made that the fire was set to cover up evidence of the homicides.   Mr. Worthy was an officer at the local VFW post Bessemer.  He was known to carry large amounts of cash on his person.


The possibility that this was not the first time this killer or killers had been operating was revealed when investigators in Alabama were contacted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement about a double homicide in Graceville, Florida in January of the same year.


Robert McRae, Sr., and his wife, Katherine, ages 72 and 70, were found murdered in their Graceville, FL, home.   Neighborhood children had gone to their home to visit and found two ski masks lying near the back door.   The frightened children ran to a neighbor who called police and upon entering the McRae home, police found the bodies of the couple.


Strangely enough, Mrs. McRae was found thumb-cuffed behind her back.  Both she and her husband had been shot in the head.   When police compared the evidence in both cases, they determined the cases to be linked.


The McRae case was nine months prior to the Worthy killings.    Maybe the killer(s) tried to make sure they wouldn’t be leaving any evidence at the Worthy scene.   Remember, there were TWO ski masks found.


Anyone with evidence about this case can call the Tuscaloosa Homicide unit at 205-464-8690 or use the Homicide Unit email at Homicide@tuscco.com.

Two Highway Killer Victims Still Unidentified


Two victims of the Highway Killer Remain Unidentified, check out Newton County, Indiana, Coroner's Office on Facebook

Two victims of the Highway Killer Remain Unidentified, check out Newton County, Indiana, Coroner’s Office on Facebook


One of the pics would not load but check out the Coroner’s Office on FB for the other pic.

Newton County, Indiana Coroner’s OfficeOctober 12, 2013 ·
Thirty Years ago on the 18th of this month two mushroom hunters made a very gruesome and sad discovery.
They found the remains of four young men buried in shallow graves in a barn lot just north of Lake Village, IN. They were the unfortunate victims of Larry Eyler, the Highway Killer, a serial killer that worked the Indiana-Illinois area during the late 1970′ and early 1980’s.
Two of these boys were quickly identified and sent home to their families but, two still remain “unidentified” and are now considered “my kids”.
A full Forensic Study has been done and Dental Charts are available along with DNA (Thank You ISP Lowell Post Lab) and attached are the new sketches done by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
I am pretty sure that these boys are from the Southern Indiana-Illinois area (maybe even northern Kentucky), they were picked up by Eyler in the Terra Haute area.
Please take a minute and share these pictures with EVERYONE you know. The more exposure they get the better the chance someone will recognize them.

Thanks Everyone;


Tammy Zywicki left Evanston IL and was found in Lawrence County MO

zywicki Illinois


Tammy J. Zywicki, W/F, born 3/13/1971 disappeared on August 23, 1992 and her body was located September 1, 1992.   She left from Evanston, IL, headed for college in Grinnell, Iowa, where she was expected to arrive later the same evening.   She was ready to start her senior year in college at Grinnell.  Her car was found by an Illinois state Trooper and ticketed as being abandoned the day she disappeared.


Her body was located along Interstate Highway 44 in rural Lawrence County, Missouri, which is located between Springfield and Joplin, Missouri.  Zywicki was stabbed seven times, with a small knife, such as a pen knife.    Her body was found about 14’ from the pavement, wrapped in a blanket with duct tape on the ends.  She was dressed in different items than the ones she was wearing when she left Evanston and wearing underwear her mother stated were not hers and that she would never have worn.


She was last seen with car on Interstate 80 at mile marker 83, which is in LaSalle County, Illinois, between 3:10pm and 4:00pm on August 23, 1992.   A tractor/trailer was reportedly seen near Zywicki’s vehicle during this time period.   The driver of the semi was described as a white male between 35 and 40 years of age, over six feet tall, with dark, bushy hair.


Tammy’s personal items were missing when the car was recovered, including a Canon 35mm camera and a musical wrist watch that played “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head,” with an umbrella on its face.


Tammy Zywicki is one of the many women who have disappeared while traveling on the interstate.   Nationwide, many many women have gone missing in this manner and truckers are suspected in some of these crimes, being natural suspects due to the nature of their jobs and in some cases, because a trucker was seen near the crime scene.


Tammy didn’t have a cell phone, GPS, nor any of the other safety features that young women might have available today.


Tammy was well liked, active in sports and popular in her hometown.  Her cat, Bob, thought the world revolved around her.


A now deceased trucker, Lonnie Bierbrodt, was identified as the man who was seen talking to Tammy the day she disappeared but he has not been definitively identified as her killer.  A witness reported seeing a green Datsun pickup parked behind her.   The hood of her car was reportedly up and the previous day her car had overheated.  Bierbrodt was not only a trucker, allegedly on vacation at the time Tammy went missing, but he owned a green Datsun pickup that was found after it had been steam cleaned and sold.


Tammy’s car was a white four-door 1985 Pontiac T1000 hatchback.

zywickicar Illinois

The Illinois State Police requests that anyone with information about this case contact Special Agent Jorge Fonseca, 815-726-6377, ext. 286.    If that special agent is no longer available, inquire for the new agent assigned to this case.    It is not unusual for people to get promoted, transferred, retired, etc. and case responsibility for cases can change often.    That lack of continuity can also affect case management.


Maybe you were traveling somewhere along her route on August 23, 1992.  That was a busy travel time for college students headed back to school.

zywicki and college friends Grinnell

Maybe you know of similar homicides that occurred in that decade, along a lonely stretch of interstate.


It only takes one right tip to lay the case to rest, the right tip.   Newly elected Gov. Rauner of Illinois is being requested to release more information about this killing, with the hopes that it will jog someone’s memory about that fateful day in August 1992.

Patricia Smith Homicide Lakewood CO linked to Bennett Homicides


Patricia Louise Smith was the victim of a brutal homicide in Lakewood CO in January 1984

Patricia Louise Smith was the victim of a brutal homicide in Lakewood CO in January 1984

Patricia Smith of Lakewood, CO, was murdered in January 1984, only six days before the brutal killings of the Bennett family in nearby Aurora, CO.    In both cases, the killings were caused by blunt force trauma.  Additionally, both homicide scenes were very close to a large construction area where many new homes were being built, the Alameda Avenue corridor, and someone working construction in that area might have information or have noticed something.


DNA evidence linked the Bennett and Smith murders in September 2010 but a suspect has not been identified in either case.


If you were in that area of Colorado in January 1984, maybe you heard a passing comment in a bar or restaurant.


Maybe you were working construction in that area, regardless of where you call home.

Maybe you have friends in that area.   If so, please send them the link to this blog and see if this might jog their memories.    Ask them to share the link on their Facebook or other social media page.   The victims of these horrific crimes deserve to have their voices heard.   The killer who so boldly attacked these families shouldn’t get off scot free and it is unlikely that having developed a taste for violence that the killer has reformed.

Bennett Family and Patricia Smith Homicides Colorado May be Linked to others


Bruce, Debra and Melissa Bennett were viciously murdered in their home in Aurora, CO,   January 1984

Bruce, Debra and Melissa Bennett were viciously murdered in their home in Aurora, CO, January 1984

Police confirmed that DNA linked the vicious Bennett family homicides in Aurora, CO, and the Patricia Smith homicide in nearby Lakewood.


Police had also found similarities between the attack at the Bennett household and nearby random attacks that happened days earlier along the Highline Canal and Alameda Avenue corridor.


While the hammer/bludgeoning attacks ended after the Bennett family was killed, there were several other random attacks that occurred days earlier along the Alameda Avenue corridor and Highline Canal.


There were at least two other hammer attacks nearby in which the victims survived.   While these attacks have not been linked by DNA evidence, you should think about them when thinking about whether you might have seen anything back in 1984 that seemed suspicious.


Were you a waitress in a bar or a restaurant in the Aurora or Lakewood areas of Colorado in 1984 where you might have heard conversation or seen someone with an unusual interest in television coverage of the incidents?


Did you work in construction in that area in 1984 and notice a co-worker whose behavior made you suspect they could have had a connection to crime?    Did you have a coworker who used a hammer when he had confrontations with other men on the job?


Did you have a boyfriend or husband or even family member whose behavior in 1984 made you suspect they had a connection to the attacks?   People divorce, have new relationships, and sometimes move to new homes where they feel safer.   Maybe you couldn’t talk about your suspicions back then due to fears of your own safety or that of your family.    Maybe you can talk about it now!


Aurora CO Bennett Family Homicide linked to Patricia Smith Homicide 1984


Bruce, Debra and Melissa Bennett were viciously murdered in their home in Aurora, CO,   January 1984

Bruce, Debra and Melissa Bennett were viciously murdered in their home in Aurora, CO, January 1984

Bruce Bennett, 27, his wife, Debra Bennett, age 26, and their 7 year-old daughter, Melissa, were brutally murdered in their home in Aurora, Colorado, on or around January 16, 1984.   The investigating agency is the Aurora Police Department.   The murders occurred between 9 p.m. on January 15 and 10 a.m. on January 16, 1984 inside their home in the 16300 block of East Center Drive.

Debra died from blunt force trauma.   Bruce and Melissa died from blunt force trauma as well as sharp force injuries, consistent with a knife.  Evidence at the scene indicated that Melissa had been sexually assaulted.   The Bennett’s three-year-old daughter was found alive at the scene, suffering from blunt force trauma.   The suspect(s) have not been identified.

If you have any information at all, no matter how trivial or irrelevant it may seem to you, please contact the detective listed or call the Aurora Police Tip Line at 303-739-6118.

If you have a tip, but want to remain anonymous, call the Denver Area CrimeStoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

If you or someone you know can provide information on this unresolved homicide investigation, you are encouraged to contact Detective Steve Conner at (303) 739-6190, e-mail swconner@auroragov.org.    You may remain anonymous if you desire.

This link will take you to other unsolved homicides in Aurora, CO:


There is also a great deal of information about the Bennett homicides at http://www.crimeshots.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11403


Patricia Smith of Lakewood, CO, was murdered in January 1984, only six days before the brutal killings of the Bennett family.    In both cases, the killings were caused by blunt force trauma.  Additionally, both homicide scenes were very close to a large construction area where many new homes were being built, the Alameda Avenue corridor, and someone working construction in that area might have information or have noticed something.