Tips sought in unsolved murder of 10-year-old in 1987

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By Melissa Hudson

LAPORTE COUNTY, Ind. -- Monday is the 27th anniversary of the disappearance of 10-year-old Linda Lynn Weldy. Her disappearance and death have never been solved. The LaPorte County Sheriff's Office believes the crime can still be solved.

On February 24, 1987 at approximately 3:30 p.m., Linda got off the school bus in front of her home at 181 McClung Road in LaPorte.

A Chicago Tribune article from the time says her home was about 200 yards away from the bus stop, down a dirt road.

She was reported missing by her mother later that evening.

On March 17, 1987, Linda's body was found on an abandoned railroad right-of-way, east of US35 off of CR500 South near Kingsbury.

The Chicago Tribune article states she was wearing the same clothing she was wearing when she disappeared.

The cause of death was homicide. The Chicago Tribune says the coroner determined she was strangled and had been dead for nearly three weeks.

During the investigation, no one who saw Linda alive after she got off the bus ever came forward or was identified.

The sheriff's office believes the crime can be solved and would like any potential witnesses to come forward with information.

If you have any information, call Detective Sergeant Ron Heeg at (219) 326-7700 ext. 2335 or Detective Adam Hannon at (219) 326-7700 ext. 2405.

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