By Carolyn Berardino
13-year-old Kathy Lynn Gloddy was last seen when she left her home to walk to the store on the evening of Nov. 21, 1971, in Franklin, New Hampshire. She had brought along her dog Tasha, and when Tasha returned without Kathy, her family became concerned and started to search, according The Laconia Daily Sun.
Her body was found the following day around 1:00 p.m. in the woods, near an old logging road just three miles away from her house. She had been beaten, sexually assaulted, strangled, and repeatedly run over by a car.
Kathy’s sister, Karen Gloddy, told ABC News that her parents were never the same. “‘It was almost like your parents checked out; they lived day by day but it wasn’t living,’ she said. ‘It wasn’t life.'”
More tragedy was to strike the Gloddy family. Kathy’s brother Richard passed away from a congenital heart defect. Her father, Earl, died from cancer in 1992. And her mother, Lucille, committed suicide in 1997. Her sisters are left to try to find justice and closure.
Police thought they might have had a break in the case in March 2006 when Ed Dukette walked into a Florida police station and confessed to the crime. According to ABC News, New Hampshire police quickly flew to Florida to question him. He retracted his statements and said he had been on medication that made him confused.
However, police learned that Ed Dukette had lived in an apartment above the Gloddy family. He had tried to molest Karen Gloddy when she was in his apartment to babysit his young child.
As law enforcement continued investigating, they learned shocking news. The same year Kathy was killed, her father sat on a jury that convicted Earl Dukette, Ed Dukette’s father, of statutory rape. Following the trial, Kathy’s father evicted Ed Dukette and his family from their apartment.
Ed Dukette died in 2009 at age 66 from lung and liver ailments. His confession did not completely line up with the facts of the case. And police believe even if he was guilty, he may not have acted alone. Law enforcement has 15 persons of interest they are still investigating.
The case is still open and considered unsolved. In 2017, The Vidoq Society, the Philadelphia group of cold case investigators and forensic experts, took a look at the case.
If you have any information on this case, you can submit tips to the New Hampshire Department of Justice Cold Case Unit.