Last week we walked through the initial investigation into the nearly 5-decade-old missing person case of 17-year-old Belinda VanLith. Despite her disappearance essentially being considered a runaway case by police initially, they had quickly come around to the possibility that perhaps Belinda had been met with foul play – and there were some people close to the cabin she was last known to be at that were looking like promising suspects, but police never had enough evidence to move forward, and her case went cold for almost 3 decades.
Where we left off, investigators were 28 years into their investigation with little to show for it, when suddenly, in 2002, a relative came forward to police with a story they hadn’t heard before. And that’s where we’re picking up…
If you have any information about the disappearance or murder of Belinda VanLith in 1974, please call Crime Stoppers of Minnesota at 1-800-222-TIPS. You can also submit a tip online through Crime Stoppers.
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Episode Source Material
- Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension: Missing person bulletin.
- Star Tribune: Seeing foul play, Wright County reopens 1974 missing teen case, by Paul Walsh.
- St. Cloud Times: Belinda VanLith via Newspapers.com.
- St. Cloud Times: VanLith case is getting a fresh look, by David Unze via Newspapers.com.
- TheDoeNetwork: Belinda VanLith.
- The Charley Project: Belinda Kay VanLith.
- Weather Underground: Saint Cloud, MN Weather History.