Redlands Daily Facts-Fri-07-10-70
Reward LANSING, Mich. (UPI) —An anonymous $5,000 reward with no strings attached has been offered for the safe return of Laurie Murninghan, 16. The blonde daughter of Lansing's former mayor was kidnaped by a robber from the antique store where she was a clerk. A massive police search found no trace of Miss Murninghan, whose father is former Lansing Mayor Max E. Murninghan, or of her abductor, abductor, described as a Negro male about 25 years old wearing dark trousers and a straw hat. Miss Murninghan 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. Late Thursday, local broadcasters broadcasters played a tape recording by Ernie Boone, a prominent local black resident, who promised 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 had been no ransom demands when it was offered, police said. Murninghan, in a broadcast televised by WJIM-TV Thursday Thursday night, issued a plea for information concerning the whereabouts of his daughter and advised the abductor that "Mrs. Gallagher is not seriously 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 capital city's West Side about 2 p.m. and picked out several items. When Miss Murninghan said she could not cash his S20 bill, he pulled a gun and ordered her and store owner Mrs. Christine E. Gallagher to lie on the floor. Police said he then apparently 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 Murninghan to leave with him. Police searched for a late-model white-and-blue car believed to be in the vicinity at the time. Roadblocks failed to catch the abductor. Mrs. Gallagher was treated at a. local hospital and released. She was unavailable for comment. comment. Miss Murninghan was dressed in a white blouse, blue skirt, red belt and brown sandals.