Monthly Archives: March 2016

Missing Indiana Mother Found 42 Years Later Living in Small Texas Town, but Won’t Explain Disappearance

An Indiana woman missing since 1974 and presumed dead by her family was discovered Thursday in a small Texas town, living under an alias, state police said.

Lula Ann Gillespie-Miller, 69, was found in south Texas after she had been tracked down by Indiana State Police, who worked on her case for more than two years, according to a Thursday news release.

“It is believed that she had at times lived under an alias, but also along the way had been married and remarried,” Indiana State Police Sgt. John Bowling tells PEOPLE.

When found this week, Gillespie-Miller declined to explain her disappearance, but did provide her contact info to her daughter, Tammy Miller.

The news that her mother had been found alive came as a huge shock to Miller and left her reeling with a range of feelings, friend Debby Dyer tells

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Missing mother of three found alive after 42 years

LAUREL, Ind. (KWQC) – Lula Ann Gillespie-Miller was 28 back in 1974 when she gave birth to her third child in Laurel, Indiana.

She then decided she was too young to be a mother, signed her children over to her parents, left home, and was never seen again by her family.

In 2014, the Doe Network, which helps families with missing person investigations, contacted the Indiana State Police with details of Gillespie-Miller’s disappearance.

ISP were told the last contact family members had with her was a 1975 letter postmarked Richmond, Indiana.

Detective Sergeant Scott Jarvis took the case, and, using DNA from Gillespie-Miller’s daughter, checked to see if an unidentified female body discovered in Richmond in 1975 was that of Gillespie-Miller.

It was not.

Jarvis then began to investigate the trail of a woman who sounded similar to Gillespie-Miller, a woman who had lived in Tennessee in the 1980’s and was said to have

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Police Thank Jalopnik Reader For Helping To ID Hit-And-Run Car

Yesterday, I made the bold claim that there was no group of people better at identifying broken car bits than Jalopnik readers. Many didn’t believe me. The American Dental Association issued a statement calling me a “dipshit.” Well, we showed them all, because a Jalopnik reader ID’d a broken piece of plastic that will help solve a crime.

The broken bit of plastic is from a headlight lens, and that headlight was connected to a car that almost killed a cyclist in Bellevue, WA, and then fled the scene. In order to find the hit-and-run driver, police needed to know what kind of car was being driven. All they had to go on was a bit of

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Can We Identify This Hit-And-Run Car From This Headlight Fragment?

A cyclist in Bellevue, Washington is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after she was thrown 100 feet by a car that hit her. The car fled the scene, but left behind this fragment of a headlight lens. I bet we can figure out what kind of car it came from.


The Bellevue Police Department put out the call for help IDing the lens with this tweet:

Is there any group of people better at identifying cars from broken bits than Jalopnik readers? No. The answer is no.


So, look carefully at that bit of clear plastic, and help catch the cowardly bastard who nearly killed someone and ran.

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