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
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
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.