Indiana woman found safe after disappearing 40 years ago

Indiana woman found safe after disappearing 40 years ago

LAUREL, IN (FOX19) - A woman missing from her Laurel, IN home for more than 40 years has been found safe living in a small town in south Texas.

Lula Ann Gillespie-Miller, then 28-years-old, signed her three children over to her parents feeling that she was too young to be a mother in 1974, according to Indiana State Police.

Gillespie-Miller's family told officials that the last contact they had with the missing woman was a letter they received from her postmarked in Richmond, IN in 1975.

Indiana State Police Det. Scott Jarvis took over the investigation in 2014 and found a case from the Richmond Department Records Division of a deceased unidentified female found in 1975. The body was exhumed and DNA tests were run to see if a match was made with Gillespie-Miller. No match was found.

Jarvis began to investigate the trail of a woman with similarities of Gillespie-Miller, who had lived in Tennessee in the 1980's, then later in Texas. The investigation led to a woman living in a small town in south Texas in the 1990's, possibly living under an alias.

Det. Jarvis contacted Texas Rangers and they visited the woman's home. The woman admitted to the Rangers that her real name was actually Lula Gillespie-Miller, now 69-years-old. She also admitted that she was from Laurel.

Gillespie-Miller gave consent to Jarvis to give her contact information to her daughter, Tammy.

Indiana State Police says Gillespie-Miller did not commit any crime by leaving her home in 1974, and reserves the right to remain anonymous. Detectives have not released Gillespie-Miller's alias or the town she was found.

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