The Ludington Daily News-Fri-07-10-70
Gunman Grabs Girl During Lansing Holdup LANSING (UPI)-An anonymous $5,000 reward with no strings attached was offered late Thursday for the safe return of Laurie Murninghan, 16, who was kidnapped during an afternoon robbery of the antique shop where she was a clerk. A massive police search found no trace of Miss Murninghan, daughter of former Lansing Mayor Max E. Murninghan, or her abductor, described as a Negro male about 25 years of age who was wearing dark trousers and a straw hat. Miss Murninghan, who is white with long blonde hair, was forced to accompany a gunman who held up Gallagher's Gift Shop for $60 after she told him she didn't have change for a $20 bill, police said. Tape Was Aired Late Thursday, local broadcasters played a tape recording by Ernie Boone, a prominent local black resident, promising the reward money for her safe return. Boone gave his telephone number and promised communication by code number if someone offered information. "I will deliver the money," Boone said. "Please call me at my home." The reward was donated anonymously, police said. There have been no ransom demands. Murningham, in a broadcast televised by WJIM-TV Thursday night, issued a plea for infor- mation concerning the whereabouts of his daughter and advised the abductor that Mrs. Gallagher is not seriously injured. Therefore, do not harm an innocent girl and cause yourself greater trouble." According to police, the man entered the shop on this State Capitol city's west side about 2 p.m. and picked up several items to buy. When Miss Murn- inghan said she could not cash his $20 bill, he pulled a gun and ordered her and store owner Mrs. Christine E. Gallagher to lie on the floor. Hit With Pistol Police said he then apparently changed his mind and hit Mrs. Gallagher with a pistol and shoved her into another room. Then he scooped about $60 out of the cash drawer and forced Miss Murminghan to leave with him. Police were searching for a late-model white-and-blue car believed to be in the vicinity at the time. Roadblocks were at first thrown up but failed to catch the abductor. Mrs. Gallagher was treated and released at a local hospital. She was unavailable for comment. Miss Murninghan was dressed in a white blouse, blue skirt, red belt and brown sandals. Her father, now in the real estate business, served as mayor from 1965 to 1969.