Billboard Could Solve Great Bend Cold Case

By: AP
By: AP

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) _ Lamar Advertising is trying to help solve a 2002 double homicide at a Dolly Madison Bakery outlet store in Great Bend.

The company is donating at least one, and possibly as many as three, billboards showing the composite drawing of a man seen in the area where Mary A. Drake and Mandi K. Alexander were killed on September 4th, 2002. The sign also will give a detailed description of the ``person of interest'' authorities are seeking.

Lamar began offering free space for cold cases after 19-year-old Ali Kemp was raped and killed at a neighborhood swimming pool in the Kansas City suburb of Leawood in 2002.

Two tips resulted in the arrest and conviction of Benjamin Appleby.

Since the program started, 16 people have been arrested for murder.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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