- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Detectives in Dane County are hopeful that new evidence in a 32-year-old homicide case will help them finally solve it.

In August 1982, Barbara Nelson, 34, was found dead in a cornfield three miles from Elkhorn five days after she was abducted from the Mini Stop and Shop in Albion. Nelson, who was married and had a 3-year-old daughter, had been shot twice and her face and head were badly beaten.

The Janesville Gazette (https://bit.ly/1zBZpEj ) reports evidence in the case was recently sent to a lab for examination. Dane County Sheriff’s Office Detective Coy Bethel said new DNA techniques could bring more details to light.

Coy hopes to get results back in a few months, but did not say what’s being tested. It’s evidence that couldn’t be tested before, he said.

“Right now we are really hopeful that there are DNA results, more hopeful than we sometimes have been,” he said

Bethel said authorities have persons of interest in Nelson’s death. A suspect has never been named publicly.

“We’re pursuing leads that it was somebody local,” Bethel said.

Authorities say people likely spotted Nelson several times as well as two men who had abducted her. Sketches of the men and an old green or blue pickup were made.

A teacher driving home possibly saw Nelson and her abductors the day after she went missing, the newspaper says. The teacher saw a pickup stopped along a road east of Elkhorn and a person get pushed into its cab. One man got in the driver seat and another person climbed into the truck.

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Information from: The Janesville Gazette, https://www.gazetteextra.com

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