60 years later, woman’s death remains a mystery

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) – It has been just over 60 years since a southeast Missouri woman disappeared and died, a mystery that police concede will likely never be solved.

Bonnie Huffman of Delta, Missouri, was last seen on July 3, 1954. She was 20 at the time. Her car was found a day later, a cap pistol on the ground nearby.

A couple found Huffman’s body in a ditch, her neck broken and her jaw dislocated. There was evidence of a possible sexual assault, though the decomposing body made autopsy results inconclusive.

Police say that with the passage of time, the odds against ever solving the crime grow longer. Relatives, though, hold out hope for closure.

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