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Who killed Jeanette Benson? Police re-examine Indiana woman’s 1981 unsolved murder

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FARMERSBURG, Ind. (AP) — Police are seeking the public’s help as they look for a break in a western Indiana woman’s unsolved 1981 killing.

Sarah “Jeanette” Benson was fatally shot Jan. 2, 1981, in her rural home in Farmersburg, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of Terre Haute near the Illinois border.

Authorities say an intruder killed the 51-year-old mother of two daughters after she returned from shopping. The assailant was described as a tall, thin, young white man who was driving a light blue Plymouth Valiant.

Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom is urging the public to divulge any details they might know about the case.

He tells the Tribune-Star people’s relationships change over time, and “sometimes people’s conscience gets the better of them.”

Sandy Marshall says her mother never met her three grandsons.