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2002 double killing at Great Bend bakery still unsolved

September 7, 2010

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— As people in Great Bend come to grips with the killing of a 14-year-old girl, another brutal crime in the central Kansas town remains unsolved after eight years.

The bodies of 24-year-old Mandi Alexander and 79-year-old Mary Drake were found the evening of Sept. 4, 2002, at the Dolly Madison Bakery in Great Bend. Drake was a customer of the bakery. Alexander had begun working there as a clerk just two days earlier.

Both women had been stabbed with a sharp object, but the murder weapon was never found and no one has been charged. A $17,000 reward remains in place.

Relatives are still hoping for answers even as Great Bend deals with the death of Alicia DeBolt, who disappeared Aug. 21. The teen’s charred body was found three days later outside town.

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