Jan Marie Rohrer

Jan Marie Rohrer was last seen alive the morning of Monday, Nov. 26, 1973, four days after Thanksgiving. She was wearing a blue parka, a beige turtleneck sweater, and blue jeans, she left her home at 1309 Fremont Ave., headed to MacGregor Intermediate School, three blocks away at 1012 Fremont Ave.

Jan didn’t come home from school that afternoon, and her mother, Rita Rohrer, reported her as missing. School staff said Jan had not come to school that day.

Police initially treated the case as a runaway teen.

After nearly a year hunters found the girl’s skeleton in a ditch on the north end of the Crow Island Game Area in Zilwaukee Township on Nov. 7, 1974. She had been shot, then bludgeoned, according to police.

Here is the most recent news story on an arrest made in her case, written by Cole Waterman and published in the Bay City Times Dec. 5, 2018:

Police confirm an arrest was made this year in 1973 slaying of Bay City teen

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Bay City Police at 989-894-0161 or Crime Stopper at 1-800-422-JAIL.

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Nov. 26, 1973

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These articles appeared in the Bay City Times: -- Nov. 26, 2012, and were written by Cole Waterman:

Little Girl Lost: Slaying of 13-year-old Bay City girl in 1973 remains a mystery today

Little Girl Lost: Brothers of slain Bay City teen seek closure in 39-year-old cold case

-- Nov. 27, 2012:

Little Girl Lost: Best friend of slain Bay City teen says `It's been a struggle for me'

-- Nov. 28, 2012:

Little Girl Lost: Neighbor of slain Bay City 13-year-old met violent end in second unsolved case

-- Nov. 28, 2012:

Little Girl Lost: Former Bay City police detective shares theory on 1973 Jan Rohrer slaying

-- Nov. 28, 2012:

Little Girl Lost: Bay City man seeks justice for mother's unsolved slaying and says he was questioned in 13-year-old's disappearance

-- Nov. 29. 2012:

Little Girl Lost: 1973 slaying of Bay City teen is not forgotten by local police

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