Walworth Co. investigators work to solve cold case

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Barbara Nelson

Barbara Nelson

WALWORTH CO. (WITI) — The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office and Walworth County Crime Stoppers are looking for the public’s help to solve a cold case from 1982.

The details of the case are as follows:  On August 5, 1982, 34-year-old Barbara Nelson was abducted from her place of employment at the Mini Stop-N-Shop in the town of Albion, near Edgerton, in Dane County.  It is believed she was killed the following day. Her body was discovered on August 10, 1982, in a cornfield on Bray Road, about 3 miles east of Elkhorn, in Walworth County.

Witnesses described seeing an older blue or green pickup truck, and sketches were made of this vehicle. A 1961 Studebaker pickup truck closely resembles the vehicle described. Detectives from Dane County and Walworth County are jointly investigating this cold case homicide. If you know of anyone who, back in 1982, owned or had access to a vehicle matching this description, please contact the Walworth County or Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

cold-caseIf you have information but would like to remain anonymous, Walworth County Crime Stoppers encourages you to share your information by one of the following methods:

  • Text-A-Tip to “CRIMES” (274637) then begin your message with tip4wc followed by your tip.
  • Web Tip: Go to www.tipsoft.com and under “For Citizens”, “Submit a Web Tip” follow the instruction on how to submit a tip to the Walworth County Crime Stoppers.
  • Phone: Call 262-723-2677

All methods of submitting a tip are anonymous and callers are eligible to receive a cash reward.

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