Mary Jane Reed was 17-years-old when she and her boyfriend were shot to death near Oregon. It happened back in 1948 and the murders were never solved. But finally, after all of those years, Ogle County detectives are preparing to say: case closed.
Ogle County Sheriff Mel Messer says some people have come forward with new information about the murders - and with that information investigators believe they may be able to close the case. They were hoping to share the information today. But an attorney for the reed family was unable to appear in court.
You might remember a few months ago when Mary Jane's body was exhumed – her only living relatives were hoping it may provide clues into her murder; that turned out not to be the case. Tests on the remains did not uncover any new evidence. But with those new tips, investigators say they may be able to close the case none the less.
"I think we've come a long way in the last several months with the cooperative effort of all parties and for that reason, we will be prepared to bring that to a close in the next two weeks," says Ogle County State’s Attorney Ben Rowe.
Rowe says because the attorney was not present today, most of the details could not be disclosed. There is another hearing scheduled for February 10th. We're expecting to have more information then.