Wright County Sheriff’s Office assigns deputies to Monticello cold case

Belinda VanLith 17 years old at the time of her disappearance, was last heard from in the morning hours of June 15, 1974, while house-sitting at a residence on the northern edge of Eagle Lake in Wright County, approximately 6 miles west of Monticello. Her disappearance is believed to be the result of foul play, according to a news release issued Wednesday morning by the Wright County Sheriff's Office.

Seventeen-year-old Belinda VanLith was last heard from in the morning hours of June 15, 1974, while house-sitting at a residence on the northern edge of Eagle Lake in Wright County, approximately 6 miles west of Monticello. Her disappearance is believed to be the result of foul play, according to a news release issued Wednesday morning by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) has recently assigned deputies to investigate the cold case of a 1974 disappearance of a juvenile rural Monticello resident.

Belinda VanLith , 17 years old at the time of her disappearance, was last heard from in the morning hours of June 15, 1974, while house-sitting at a residence on the northern edge of Eagle Lake in Wright County approximately six miles west of Monticello. Her disappearance is believed to be the result of foul play.

This case has been reviewed several times throughout the last 39 years and has remained unsolved. The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is requesting anyone with information about this case to please contact Detective Lindquist at 763-682-7879 or Sgt. Lutgens at 763-682-7637.

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