Indiana Woman Missing Since 1974 Found Living Under Alias in Texas; Why Did She Leave?

Diana Price - Author

Oct. 5 2017, Updated 4:09 a.m. ET

For over forty years, Laurel, Indiana, has been at the center of an unsolved mystery over the disappearance of a young woman named Lula Ann Gillespie-Miller. Back in 1974, she left Laurel and vanished, and no one in her family knew her whereabouts. At least not until Thursday, when Indiana State Police found her in Texas living under an alias.

The facts behind the mystery of what happened to Lula may have been solved, but even as the story goes viral with accusations of Lula being “selfish” or a “deadbeat parent,” all of the outsiders reading about this case don’t know the whole story — not by a long shot.

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Back in 1974, the widowed Gillespie-Miller was 28 years old and had just given birth to her fourth child. While news outlets report she signed over her children to her parents before she left, the backstory behind why she left has been left out, although locals can tell you why.

Just a few days before her disappearance, Gillespie-Miller was allegedly raped by four men in Laurel. Then she was beaten and thrown over the Laurel bridge to die. But Lula managed to drag herself to her mother’s house and survived, filing a police report on the incident that has since disappeared. A few days later, Lula was gone as well, so she was rumored to have been killed by her attackers to keep her silent.


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