MONGO – It’s been 7 years since a LaGrange County couple was brutally killed in their home, and still, police are looking for the murderer.
Sunday marks the 7-year anniversary of the deaths of Terry and Darleen Anderson. It was the county’s first-ever double homicide.
57-year-old Darleen was found in the living room of the couple’s East C.R. 250N home in rural Mongo the morning of Oct. 21, 2005. Their daughter, Amanda, made the gruesome discovery.
Darleen’s husband, Terry, 59, was later found in an outbuilding on their property.
The cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma, meaning they were beaten to death.
According to an Oct. 2005 story in the “Kendallville News-Sun,” the Andersons were killed between 8 p.m. on Thurs. Oct. 20 and 7:21 a.m. on the 21st.
The case was highlighted during a 2008 episode of the TV show “America’s Most Wanted” and the AMW’s website, saying “years later, cops are hoping that someone out there can help them crack this case wide open and bring some much-needed closure to the devastated family left behind by the tragedy.”
According to AMW, “the killer was last known to be on the Anderson property. Few, if any, witnesses saw them arriving at or leaving the Anderson’s home on the night of October 20, 2005. Those responsible for the brutal death of Terry and Darleen Anderson could literally be anywhere in the country.”
Family members started a foundation and website in memory of the Andersons (http://www.terryanddarleen.com).
A special memorial service is scheduled Sunday afternoon to remember Terry and Darleen and draw renewed attention to the cold case. Family, friends and other members of the public are invited to Mongo Cemetery at 1 p.m.