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Carol Ann Rofstad, 21, December 22, 1975, Normal, McLean County, Illinois

Updated: Dec 24, 2022

Carol was last seen walking home from the then-Garlic Press, to her Delta Zeta sorority house on 602 South Fell Street in Normal, Illinois on December 22, 1975. She was found about noon on December 23, 1975, beaten, and unconscious. An 18' inch railroad tie was nearby about twelve hours after Carol was found. The railroad tie was covered in blood, and is believed to be the murder weapon.

Carol died on Christmas Eve.

Two men, one of whom carried a club, were seen between 10 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. on December 22, 1975. Both were white males and between the ages of 18 and 25. The composite at right is for, Suspect #1, the suspect carrying the club.

At the time of the attack, most students had already left campus for the holiday break. Instead of returning to Elk Grove Village, though, Rofstad had stayed in the Twin Cities to work at a retail store. Money was found in her purse and there was no evidence of sexual assault. Two women, in the sorority house, neither saw nor heard anything unusual.

Carol's case was never solved, and it is unknown if the tie was ever tested recently for DNA evidence.

Anyone with information in this case can call the Normal Police Department at (309) 454-9526, or Crime Stoppers of McLean County at (309) 828-1111.

Carol was buried at the mount Olive Cemetery in Chicago. Both of her parents have since passed away.

Information accumulated by:

Illinois State Police


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