PAULDING, Ohio. (WANE) – In 1960, fourteen-year-old Nancy Eagleson was kidnapped, raped, and killed.
The crime has gone unsolved to this day, but Eagleson believes that the DNA she was buried with could crack the cold case.
The only witness to the crime was Eagleson’s sister, Sheryl Garza, who was just 5 years old when the crime happened.
She remembers the day she last saw her sister alive. They were walking back from a day at the movies when a black car asked if they needed a ride home.
After the two rejected the offer a few times, the car swung back around the block.
“Next thing you know he pulled over and he grabbed her right out of my hands and put her in the backseat of his car,” Garza said. “I ran to a neighbor’s house, and by the time she came to the door they were going around the curb and that was the last I’ve seen her.”
Hours later Eagleson’s body was found by raccoon hunters just outside of Paulding, Ohio.
Since the crime, all of the physical evidence has been lost, but with the advent of DNA testing, that evidence may be able to provide blood or semen matches that could shed light on the killer.
For Garza, exhuming Eagleson’s body feels like an important step in a long trudge to trying to find her sister’s killer.
“We did everything we could possibly do to help her get justice, and that’s all I can ask,” Garza said.
One woman gas been an intricate part in helping the family get to this point.
“The things that I have learned since working at uncovered is families really just want to know that people haven’t forgotten about their loved one,” said Rachael Rosselet, Head of Research and Data at Uncovered. “Simply being able to bring in the crowd and bringing the resources and bringing in the people that really care about what happened to Nancy, is amazing to them. Rosselet said. “These sisters have spent their whole life trying to find answers for Nancy, to be so close and to be able to feel like they have turned over every rock that they can to help bring justice for their sister is so meaningful for them,” explained Rosselet.
To fundraise money to pay for the exhuming and DNA testing, Eagleson’s family is trying to raise $10,000 on GoFundMe.
To bolster that effort, they are having a fundraiser and concert Sunday, Sept. 18, at Branch Christian Fellowship in Paulding, Ohio at 2:00 p.m.
The fundraiser will feature local blues legend Paul Joseph Miles, as well as raffles, a bake sale, and a 50/50 drawing.
However, the fundraising efforts may be in vain depending on a judge’s decision.
On Sept. 20, a judge will decide whether or not the family is allowed to exhume the body and pursue new evidence.
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