Investigator updates Monticello cold case that’s 42 years old

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Twenty-seven years after he was reported missing as an abduction victim, Jacob Wetterling’s whereabouts are no longer unknown.

Wright County law enforcement continues to investigate a cold case that dates back to the early 1970s.

Seventeen-year-old Belinda VanLith was last heard from in the morning hours of June 15, 1974, while house-sitting at a residence on the northern edge of Eagle Lake in Wright County, approximately 6 miles west of Monticello.

Her disappearance is believed to be the result of foul play. The Wright County Sheriff’s Office reassigned deputies to the case in April 2013.

According to Lt. Albert Lutgens, the VanLith case has been reviewed several times throughout the last 42 years and has remained unsolved.

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