Major announcement coming in cold case of Indiana hotel clerk murders from 1989

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Investigators said Friday they would soon make a major announcement this week in a decades-old cold case.

On March 3, 1989, the body of 24-year-old Peggy Gill was found in an unoccupied wing of the Days Inn in Merrillville, Indiana, where she worked as a clerk. As CBS 2’s Mike Kirsch reported at the time, police say Gill was found naked down to her shoes and socks, with a single gunshot wound to the back of her head.

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Peggy Gill

About 60 miles south of Merrillville, police found the body of a second hotel worker, this time at a Days Inn in Remington, Indiana. State police said the body of Jeanne Gilbert, 33, was dumped in a ditch near Rensselaer after being taken from the hotel 18 miles north.


CBS 2 Vault: Two hotel workers found murdered on same day in 1989

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On February 21, 1987, another hotel worker, Vicki Heath, was sexually assaulted and shot twice in the head, according to the Evansville Courier & Press. Heath had been committed to a Super 8 motel along I-65 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, the newspaper noted.

Indiana and Kentucky State Police now say the same man who carried out those murders may be responsible for several other assaults in the 1980s and 1990s.

They don’t give any idea what they’ll be announcing on Tuesday, but they say it’s “big” and “important.”

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