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Stefanie Silvey

Unsolved Crimes- Laura Cecere

Murder-Laura Cecere

Hopkinsville, Kentucky

December, 1996

 Probably one of the most bizarre murders....and particularly disturbing for those of us in the television business...is the unsolved murder of Sergeant Laura Cecere.

 Cecere was an Army Sergeant at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. She was reported missing December 6th, 1996 by her family members. Nearly a year went by with little clues about where she was or what happened to her. Cecere's mother made numerous pleas on a Hopkinsville cable television station asking for any information from viewers concerning her daughter's disappearance.

 Late in 1997, a reporter at the television station received an anoynomous letter stating Cecere was dead and buried somewhere in Gallatin County, Tennessee. The letter was turned over to the police, but Cecere was never found. Cecere's mother continued to plead on-air for some information into her daughter's disappearance.

 In August, 1997 a reporter at the television station received a package containing a jaw bone. The jaw bone had a tag which read "Cecere" on it. A letter was also attached saying Cecere was dead and this was a way to give the family closure. The package had a Bowling Green, Kentucky postmark, but no return address. The jawbone was sent off to a State Police lab where it was positively identified as the human remains of Laura Cecere.

 After police determined Cecere was dead, they extensively searched Gallatin and Sumner Counties in Tennessee, but she was never found.

 Police detectives collected blood and writing samples from Cecere's estranged husband. Investigators also removed an entire wall from his home. Laura Cecere had a life insurance policy and her estranged husband was the beneficiary. In order to collect money, it had to be proved she was dead.

 No arrests have ever been made and the rest of Cecere's body was never found. If you have any information contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-606-676-3313.

E-mail Stefanie Silvey at ssilvey@14wfie.com

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