Officials still seeking leads in 40-year-old murder of Sullivan County woman

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SULLIVAN Co., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — It’s been 40 years since a Sullivan County woman was killed in her home and officials are still looking for answers.

According to Sheriff Clark Cottom, they have not found the person who killed Sarah “Jeanette” Benson on January 2, 1981.

He said she was met by an intruder after a day of shopping in Terre Haute and while her husband was away at work.

According to Benson’s neighbors, they saw a blue sedan her driveway and a white male in a vest, knocking at her door before she returned home.

They said the man was tall and thin and could have been in his 20s. Now, he would likely be in his 50s.

Cottom said the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police have followed many leads, but still have made no arrests.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 812-268-4308 or Indiana State Police at 765-653-4114.

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