Arizona Republic-Sun-07-12-70

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Arizona Republic-Sun-07-12-70 - United Press International LANSING, Mich. —...
United Press International LANSING, Mich. — Police yesterday showed hundreds hundreds of photographs to the only person who saw the kidnaper kidnaper of Laurie Murninghan, but said they were "no clos- •r" to identifying a suspect. "We are no closer now than we were at 2 p.m., July 9, when the girl was abducted," Lansing Police Chief Derold Husby said at a news conference. conference. Husby called the conference to knock down "erroneous" reports that the kidnaper of the blonde, miniskirted daughter of former Lansing Mayor Max E. Murninghan had been identified. Tht 16-year-old girl was kidnaped Thursday by a Negro Negro gunman who took her and 160 from Gallagher's Gift Shop after Miss Murninghan refused to change a |20 bill lor him. Shop owner Mrs. Christint Gallagher, who was pistol-whipped but not seriously seriously hurt, gave police a description description which was used to create a sketch of the suspect. suspect. Mrs. Gallagher was summoned summoned to police headquarters about an hour after the start of a closed-door meeting of police officials investigating the kidnaping to e x a m i n e mug shots of known criminals. criminals. The sketch circulated by police depicted around-faced Negro man, 20 to 25 years old. wearing a mustache and goatee. He was wearing dark trousers, a yellow shirt and a straw hat when the kidnaping occurred. The FBI and Michigan State Police were aiding the Lansing police in the investigation investigation and search. Murninghan, who served as mayor of this state capital city from 1965 to 1969, maintained maintained a vigil on a cot outside Husby's office while the search for his daughter continued. continued. Although he appeared haggard, haggard, Murninghan expressed confidence she would return safely. "Laurie will keep her cool and this whole nightmare will end in time," he said. "We know it will/ 5 In Detroit, police said another another two men had been arrested arrested on extortion charges for an alleged attempt to obtain obtain part of the $5,000 reward which has been offered for Miss Murninghan's safe return. return. Detroit police said the two, arrested Friday by police and the FBI, were to be arraigned yesterday. In Flint, another man was charged Friday in a separate incident for allegedly allegedly trying to extort $200 from the family by claiming to have information about the kidnap. Police said they did not believe believe any of the men had any knowledge of the actual kid- naping.

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  1. Arizona Republic,
  2. 12 Jul 1970, Sun,
  3. Page 18

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