Body found in Louisiana in 1981 is Kzoo teen

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities in Louisiana have identified the body of a young woman found in the woods of Bossier Parish in 1981 as 17-year-old Carol Ann Cole of Kalamazoo.

“It has been a long 34 years, one month and five days waiting for the Cole family. But I’m here to tell you the waiting is over and Carol Ann is coming home,” Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said during a Thursday afternoon press conference.

Cole disappeared in late 1980. Her father told 24 Hour News 8 last month that his ex-wife left the state with his two teenage daughters and headed south. Cole was apparently taken to a home for girls in Louisiana.

On Jan. 28, 1981, hunters discovered the body of a young, unidentified woman in a wooded area off the side of a logging road in Bossier Parish, near Shreveport. She had been stabbed repeatedly…

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