Search for 1974 missing woman to be held Wednesday

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Investigators are turning their attention to one of South Dakota’s oldest cold cases Wednesday. 

Authorities held a media briefing before Wednesday’s search near the Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum. You see the briefing in the player below.

Ellabeth Lodermeier hasn’t been seen since 1974.  

Her husband Gene was a person of interest in the case, but was never charged with her murder. Two years after she disappeared, her purse and credit cards showed up in Canada 

Then in 1992, a farmer discovered her wallet and checkbook on a river bank just east of Sioux Falls.

Wednesday morning searchers will return to the area with a cadaver dog.

They’ll be focusing on a stretch of river near the Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum, which is just off of Highway 42.

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