Janeice Langs

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Above: Langs, circa 1973

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 8, 1973 from Elkhart, Indiana
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 24 years old
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Langs was last seen in Elkhart, Indiana on November 8, 1973. She worked a full day that day, drove a friend home from work, and disappeared afterwards. Her parents last saw her when she ate breakfast with them at their home. She has never been heard from again. In April 1976, parts of her 1972 Mercury Montego were found in a garage behind a burned-out farmhouse in Elwood, Indiana. It had been disassembled with a cutting torch.

    Gerald Casimer "Jerry" Libertowski Jr. was charged with Langs's murder in 1976. They had dated each other and lived together at one time, but in September 1973, Langs broke up with him and moved out of their home. He was also charged with the murder of another ex-girlfriend, Janis Sanders, who disappeared in 1975 and was never located. Sanders's wallet and a pill bottle belonging to Langs were discovered hidden in the crawl space of Libertowski's house after the women's disappearances. Libertowski also allegedly told his former business partner he'd killed the women, and that another man had taken Langs's car apart. When police confronted that person, he admitted to dismantling the vehicle but said he didn't know it had been a murder victim's car; he stated Libertowski had told him he wanted it destroyed because the finance company was about to repossess it.

    Libertowski always maintained his innocence and implicated another woman in Langs's death. He says he witnessed this person bury Langs alive, but he did not tell police at the time because he was afraid. He was later acquitted of Langs's murder, and the charges in Sanders's presumed death were dropped for lack of evidence. Authorities continue to believe he was involved in both cases, however. He died in 2010, at the age of 67. Foul play is suspected in Langs's case due to the circumstances involved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    South Bend Police Department
    574-235-9201

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    Source Information
    The South Bend Tribune
    The Anderson Daily Bulletin
    NamUs
    The Doe Network
    Michigan State Police
    The Anderson Daily Bulletin
    The Benton Harbor News-Palladium
    The Detroit Free Press

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 9, 2016; date of disappearance and details of disappearance updated.

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