Cold Case Detectives Hope To Solve 28-Year-Old Murder


A young other and her 18-month-old child were strangled, suffocated, and nearly swept away and after 28 years cold case detectives are still  working toward justice, CrimeTracker 10's Angela An reported Wednesday.

On Sept. 13, 1981 Janice Beidleman left a relative's home for the grocery store, but the young mother never made it.

The body of Beidleman, 21, her car and her son were found near the Alum Creek shoreline, just off Agler Road on the city's north side.

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 "Her car was beneath the bridge, there's a service road that leads to the creek and the suspect found that and drove down," said Columbus Police Det. Dana Farbacher.

Witnesses told police they saw the car, but thought nothing of it.

Before their bodies were dumped, police said the killer first assaulted Beidleman here at Putter Avenue.  They found jewelry and other belongings and other people nearby remember hearing a woman screaming and a baby crying, An reported.

Leola Corne still lives in the same home she did 28 years ago - just off Putter Avenue.

"All she said it was such a wicked scream, like she was really being hurt, real wicked," Corne said.

Detectives said they don't know at what point Janice Beidleman was strangled and beaten or when her son Brandon was suffocated with a pillow.

But the thought still angers residents.

"That there was a little kid involved, and that was the main thing that concerned me because the little kid didn't have a chance at life," Corne said.

That is why detectives hope this story will give a mother and her child some justice that is long overdue.

"That really takes a different, a very cruel type of person to do something like that," Farbacher said.

Detectives have resubmitted evidence and were re-interviewing family members and witnesses, and Crime Stoppers has offered a reward of up to $5,000 for any information that can help solve the case.

Those with information are asked to call 614-461-TIPS.

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