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Unsolved Homicides in St. Louis County

If you have any information regarding these cases, contact the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office or the MN BCA Tip Line, Telephone 1-877-996-6222.

 Photo of Cindy Elias

 Cindy Joy Elias, Age 19

Was found murdered on the morning of March 24, 1977 off a logging road approximately eight miles north of Aurora, MN. Elias was found buried under a pile of brush at the scene, and initial investigations revealed she died as a result of multi-traumatic injuries to the head.

Elias was last seen in Virginia, MN at a local bar at approximately 12:30 a.m. A witness says Elias was looking for a ride home and had mentioned she was going to hitch hike. Police believe the perpetrator or perpetrators are local people who were familiar with the area where she was found.

Photo of Barbara Paciotti.

Barbara Paciotti, Age 20

Was last seen with her boyfriend, Jeff Dolinich, in the early morning hours of June 14, 1969 in Hibbing, MN.  She had been out with a friend during the evening of June 13. She and her friend were driving downtown at about 1:45 a.m., and the two stopped in traffic to speak to another friend when Dolinich approached the car and asked Paciotti if she would come with him so he could speak with her. The two were seen leaving in a 1964 green Oldsmobile; it was the last she was seen alive. On June 14, Dolinich was questioned by police, and he said he had been out drinking on June 13. He acknowledged leaving Hibbing with Barbara, that the two had argued, he struck her and he thought she was dead. Dolinich said he awoke the morning of June 14 in Mora, Minnesota with no memory of where Paciotti was. His pants and shoes were covered in grass and mud.


 Leona Mary Maslowski

On October 5, 1987, the body of Leona Mary Maslowski was discovered in her residence in Virginia, MN.  She had been brutally beaten and stabbed to death.

 Photo of Nancy Jane Daugherty

Nancy Daugherty, 38

Was found murdered July 16, 1986 in the bedroom of her Chisholm, MN. home. She had been severely beaten and raped. Daugherty was a 38-year old mother of two, and worked as an aide in a local nursing home. She also volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician for the Chisholm Ambulance Service.


Dale Wheeler

Was found dead lying on the shore of Lake Superior in 1983 in Duluth, Minnesota. Her murder has never been solved.