The unsolved murder of an 11-year-old girl still haunts police, parents

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MORGAN COUNTY, Ind. (May 8, 2014) — A girl, 11, abducted from Morgan County and found dead 60 miles away.

It’s a mystery that has gone unsolved for nearly 40 years. The girl’s parents are hoping the person responsible is captured.

“She was a tomboy, but she was a lovable one,” said Loretta Bolin, mother of Cheryl Bolin.

“She was a daddy’s girl, she liked to hang around with me, she liked my tractor and things like that,” said James Bolin, Cheryl’s father.

Their daughter has never left their hearts.

“Well, it’s always been on our hearts and minds, we would like to get it closed. We’d just like to find out, get it over with,” Mr. Bolin said.

Cheryl Bolin and a friend were on their bikes near Shupe Road in Morgan County on August 19, 1975. They had spent the night in a tent, and separated on their way home.

Detectives think someone took Cheryl from her bike and killed her. Her remains were found in Vigo County in March 1976, but the person detectives think is responsible was never found.

“It’s very difficult,” said Terry Keith, chief deputy at the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department. “It’s been very difficult for all law enforcement involved in it.”

Keith has been working countless hours on this case over the last 18 years.

“I’ve checked numerous people out, took numerous statements, dealt with numerous people,” he said.

But there’s never been anyone arrested for Cheryl Bolin’s death. An arrest would make her mother feel better.

“It has to be the right one, but if they catch the right one, yes, that would make me feel a lot better, and ease my mind,” Mrs. Bolin said.

If you know anything about this case, please call the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department at (765) 342-5544 or Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS(8477).

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