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Vernon Parish detectives seeking answers in 1980's homicide case

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Mary Darlene Howard / Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office Mary Darlene Howard / Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office

The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is examining cold cases in the parish, looking for answers. 

Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office says the department has formed a cold case investigative team. This team is in the process of examining cold homicide cases which took place within Vernon Parish.

The department says that investigators will be reviewing case documentation, evidence, and re-interviewing witnesses as well as suspects. Sheriff Craft is asking that citizens take a moment to read the provided case information and to review attached photographs of the victim.

Anyone with information regarding any cold homicide cases is asked to contact Detective Rhonda Jordan or Detective Jerry Twyman at 337-238-7248.

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In 1980, The Vernon Parish Sheriff's office began investigating a missing persons report that turned into a homicide investigation.

 In April of that year,15-year-old Mary Darlene Howard was reported missing from Mike's Trailer Park, which was located in the Sandy Hill / Bundick's Road area, Leesville, Vernon Parish, Louisiana.

Mary was last seen by her mother on April 15th, 1980 at approximately 10:00 a.m. at their residence. On April 27, 1980, Mary's body was located in a wooded area on West Boundary Road in the Sandy Hill area.

Anyone with any information regarding the death of Mary Darlene Howard should contact Detective Rhonda Jordan or Detective Jerry Twyman at 337-238-7248.

The sheriff's office is also attempting to locate family members of Mary Darlene Howard.

VPSO will be posting profiles of additional cold cases in the near future.

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