Memorial service planned for Bossier Doe

Left: A composite of Bossier Doe. Right: A photo of Carol Ann Cole.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A memorial service will be held next month for a young Kalamazoo woman whose body was identified this year after being found in Louisiana in 1981.

Jeanie Phelps had to delay the memorial for her sister, Carol Ann Cole, after learning the case didn’t qualify for the Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations Fund. She was initially told the fund could cover most of the funeral costs, but the state law that created the program went into effect in July 1982 — 18 months after her sister’s body was discovered in Bossier Parish, La.

“We were kind of hoping to have that help and it’s not there,” Phelps, of Kalamazoo, told 24 Hour News 8 in April.

A burial is taking place on June 18 at Maple Grove Cemetery in Comstock Township followed by a memorial service at Radiant Church in Richland.

A GoFundMe account set up for the family has raised $2,160 in two months.

Cole was 17 when she disappeared in December 1980, apparently from Shreveport, La. Her unidentified body was found in January 1981 in some woods not far away in Bossier Parish. She had been stabbed nine times in the chest and back.

She became known as Bossier Doe and remained unidentified for more than 34 years.

In February, thanks in part to social media, detectives made the match — Bossier Doe was really Cole. The murder remains unsolved, but investigators do have a person of interest.

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