PAULDING, Ohio (21Alive) -- "No DNA profile" was obtained from the shoe found in the Paulding County Jail that led to the reopening of a cold case from 1960.
It was believed that the shoe could've been missing evidence in relationship to the 1960 unsolved murder of Nancy Eagleson. According to the Paulding County Sheriff, the shoe was tested at BCI for potential biological evidence but BCI's report said that "no DNA Profile was obtained from the shoe".
The investigation remains open.
A cold case reopens. It's been 53 years since 14-year-old Nancy Eagleson was abducted, raped and shot to death in Paulding, Ohio. But a recent find leaves investigators on the hunt for evidence in the town's old jail.
"He said you're not going to believe this, but I found a shoe," Nancy Whitaker, staff reporter with the Paulding County Progress said.
Jeff Hollis now owns the 1800s building. He's working to restore it. A longtime local reporter was working a different story with Hollis. That's when a casual conversation quickly turned into something far more serious.
"It's too good of a find to, not to have it checked out," Whitaker said.
As crews from Jeff's company, All Trades Historical Restoration, were working in the basement they came across several items, including an old shoe.
"You could tell that it was a heel. And you could also see the black around the edge that it was a black heel and it was a small size," Whitaker said.
Eagleson's mother believes it is the shoe she was wearing the day she died evidence in the case that's been missing for decades.
"It seems the evidence in that case has been lost, misplaced,” Paulding County Sheriff Jason Landers said. “I have never seen it in my time here at the Sheriff's office."
Sheriff Landers quickly called in the investigative unit from the Attorney General's office.
"Will we ever be able to tell whose shoe that is exactly, I'm not sure. But if we don't do anything, we'll never know," Sheriff Landers said.
But they're also searching for more items in the area of the basement where the shoe was found.
“I believe that if we had the evidence in this case, we'd be able to solve this case. I truly believe that,” Sheriff Landers said.
Several groups claim there's paranormal activity in the basement of the jail, but that area is off limits because of the investigation. So all the events Jeff Hollis had planned are being put on hold.
"We can't take advantage of this as any kind of a promotional event, you know, we'll put everything on hold, let them do their job, and then pick back up when we have a chance," Hollis said.
Hollis had a haunted house planned to open this weekend and was inviting the public in for overnight paranormal ghost tours.
"Out of respect to the family, and the town. This is a 53-year-old cold case that is, you know, for their life has been put on hold, and we feel it's only right to stop our celebration of walking through the building," Hollis added.
The AG's office will continue to assist the Sheriff's office with the case, but there's no exact timeline on how long it may take.
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