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Tuesday
May172011

Missing Wisc. Woman's 19-Year-Old Cold Case Cracked By Prison Inmate's Admission

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(MENASHA, Wisc.) -- The mother and boyfriend of missing woman Laurie Depies struggled with the news that a convicted kidnapper's confession cracked the 19-year-old cold case of the 20-year-old woman's disappearance.

Larry DeWayne Hall confessed to Menasha, Wisc. police that he kidnapped and killed Depies in August 1992. Hall is currently serving a life sentence in a North Carolina prison for the kidnapping of an Illinois girl who disappeared a year after Depies. He was never charged with murder because the girl's remains were never found. Hall made the confession in the Depies case in November, but police didn't reveal it until a press conference Monday.

"The big part of what I'm feeling is a sense of relief in a bad way...I'm glad that it's finally over with, but it's not anything to be happy with...there's just been so much time and so many years of just wanting to finally know what happened to her," said Marc Truebenbach, Depies' boyfriend. He reported her missing when he found her car in his apartment building's parking lot.

Hall claims that he saw Depies when she was working at Fox River Mall and followed her to her boyfriend's apartment, where he kidnapped and later killed her. Depies was in town for a civil war reenactment, police said. Police have not charged him with murder but are following up on clues he's given about the location of her remains.

Police have no physical evidence linking Hall to the crime, but they say that he knows things about the case that only the police and killer would know. Hall first became a suspect in the woman's disappearance in 1995. Police found evidence in a notebook in his car that named the mall where Depies worked, as well as her first name.

Hall, 48, has been linked to other cold cases of missing women in the Midwest. He reportedly agreed to talk to Wisconsin authorities because he wouldn't be facing the death penalty in Wisconsin if charged and found guilty. He also wants to be moved to a different prison with better mental health services, police said.

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