Logansport (IN) Pharos-Tribune
November 16, 1931
HALF-BROTHER KIDNAPS GIRL; WAGE SEARCH
Fear That Man Who Spirited Away Twelve-Year-Old Cora Hunt May Have Killed Her
Bedford, Indiana, November 16 – Three posses scoured the thickly wooded sections of southern Lawrence and Washington counties today in the hope of finding a trace of Cora Hunt, 12, who was kidnapped from the Livonia Public School last week. They feared she may have been harmed by William Hunt, 28, her half-brother, who came to school to get her.
Sheriff Milton Trinkle of Washington County led one group of searchers. Mitchell police were in charge of another party, and Constable Hiram McKinney of Livonia conducted the third. Farmers throughout this section joined in the hunt.
Cora, the daughter of Otto Hunt, lived on a farm southeast of here, one of a family of seven children. Authorities learned that William told Margaret Stett, a teacher at the Livonia School, that Cora's mother was seriously ill. Miss Stett permitted Cora to leave school and go with her half-brother.
Claude Tanksley, a farmer, reported that Hunt and Cora, who was dressed in boy's clothing, asked for food at his home Thursday night. It was believed they slept in Oakland Church that night. The next day they appealed to William Barnes, also a farmer, for a meal. They had not been seen since.
Bedford, Indiana, November 16 – Ralph Potts, 24, drowned in White River near here after a boat in which he was fishing capsized. Oscar K. Anderson, 42, who was with Potts, clung to the overturned boat and was rescued.
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