Mexico Ledger - Tues 7-21-70
Girl's Body Found After Kidnap Hunt LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Po ice searched a wooded area near this state capital Tuesday or clues in the death of kidnap victim Laurie Murninghan— >retty, 16-year-old daughter of a 'ormer mayor—whose body was ound at the end of a 12-day search. The girl was taken from a gift shop by an armed man after a 164 robbery July 9. Her father, Max Murninghan, made a television appeal to the abductor the night of her disap- jearance pleading, "Do not larm an innocent girl and cause yourself greater trouble." Police specialists cordoned of I an area about 15 miles south of .ansing in Ingham County. Two boys walking near a state jame preserve Monday found he body, which lay about 20 eet from a road. The blonde teen-ager wai dentified by dental records after after an autopsy was performed. Police did not disclose the cause of death or whether the girl had been sexually molested. Lansing Mayor Gerald W. Graves said, "I am like each of you, stunned and greatly sjrieved by this senseless dime 3ur hearts and prayers go ou in deepest sympathy to Laurie's family." Laurie was forced into a blue car at gunpoint by a man who had held up the gift shop where he worked and had looted the cash register after striking the woman proprietor on the hea< with a pistol. The girt, a high school junior had been clerking at the store part time. Her captor was described as a goateed Negro, 20 to 25 years old, wearing a yeliow pullover sweater and a beige hat. A ?5,000 reward by an anony- nous donor and the entry of FBI agents into the case turned up no usable leads.