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Who killed IU student Ann Harmeier in 1977? State police still trying to solve this cold case.

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Posted at 2:00 PM, Sep 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-12 14:00:38-04

BLOOMINGTON — Who killed Indiana University student Ann Harmeier in 1977? It's a cold case Indiana State Police detectives are still trying to solve 43 years later.

Ann Louise Harmeier, 20, was reported missing on Sept. 12, 1977, after she failed to return to IU's Bloomington campus, where she was a student.

Police found her rust-colored Pontiac Lemans about two miles north of Martinsville on the shoulder of State Road 37, according to state police. Her car was locked, empty, and had a faulty thermostat.

36 days later, her body was found in a cornfield about seven miles northeast of Martinsville, according to state police. She died from strangulation by a shoelace.

A story on the front page of The Palladium-Item by Richard Holden on Oct. 19, 1977, reports her personal items and clothes she wore the day she left Cambridge City for IU's Bloomington campus were found near her in the cornfield.

"It was about 200 yards from a county road in corn standing over seven feet high," Holden reported in the story.

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Police located the body of missing Indiana University student Ann Harmeier on October 18, 1977, in a cornfield near Martinsville, Indiana.

A story from the Associated Press on the front page of the Tipton County Tribune on Oct. 19, 1977, Lawrence Stafford, a farmer, told AP his children often rode motorbikes through the area where Harmeier was located.

"I was just going along picking corn and ran on the body there laying between two rows," Stafford told the AP.

Search parties were organized across the state to help find Harmeier. On Sept. 27, 1977, former WRTV reporter Rick Sallinger interviewed Marjorie Harmeier, Ann's mother.

"Please, please let us know where she is," Marjorie said. "Dead or alive."

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Search parties were organized across the state in 1977 to search for Ann Harmeier, an Indiana University student who went missing while on her way to the campus from Cambridge City.

Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts are continuing to share information about the case and try to help find the person who killed Ann.

If you have any information on this case, you are asked to call state police at 812-332-4411 or 800-423-1286. Tips can remain anonymous.