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IDOC featuring two card decks

Sunday, February 12, 2012

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In 2008, the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) unveiled its first Homicide Playing Card Deck.

The card deck profiled 52 unsolved homicides or missing persons statewide.

It included former Clay County resident Jennifer Stockrahm, who was murdered Feb. 12, 1997.

Stockrahm was found dead as a result of a gunshot wound in her vehicle that day. She was 21 at the time and was found nearly 100 yards away from her mother's home.

While initial reports indicated her body was burned in a vehicle fire, an autopsy report confirmed she was either placed in the vehicle or was killed inside the vehicle before it was set on fire.

Stockrahm is the seven of spades in the deck and is image 24 of 51. Her card states on Feb. 12, 1997, "Jennifer Stockrahm, age 21, was shot to death and placed inside her vehicle, a maroon 1988 Ford Escort, which was set on fire in Harmony, just outside of Brazil."

According to Indiana State Police (ISP) officials, the card decks are available for IDOC inmates. The purpose is to gather further information, if possible, on cold cases.

ISP Public Information Officer Sgt. Joe Watts recently told The Brazil Times there are two editions of the card decks available.

"At this moment in time, the cards have not provided any information for investigators to name a suspect or make an arrest," Watts said.

There are no other Clay County homicides listed in the IDOC Cold Case Homicide Playing Card Decks.

However, there are others from surrounding counties, including:

* Former Parke County resident Mary Beth Grissmore, who died in 1973. She appears in the first card deck,

* Former Owen County resident Bryan Haltom, who died in 1996. He appears in the first card deck,

* Former Owen County resident Vickie Lynn Harrell, who died in 1972. She appears in the second deck,

* Former Putnam County resident Marsa Gipson, who died in 1991. She appears in the second deck,

* Former Putnam County resident Bernadine Webster, who died in 2003. She appears in the second deck, and

* Former Greene County resident Eva Hale, who died in 1996. She also appears in the second deck.

Anyone with information regarding the cases is urged to call the ISP Hotline at 1-800-453-4756. The card decks may be viewed at www.in.gov/idoc/2826.htm.



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