Lula Cora Hood, Missing 41 Years, Found Alive


An Illinois woman who has been missing for 41 years, and presumed dead for the past 15 years, has apparently been found alive and well in Florida.

According to a report from Yahoo! News, in 1970 a woman named Lula Cora Hood disappeared from her home in the town of Galesberg amid a family feud. It wasn't the first time Hood, the mother of 14 children and suffering from mental health issues, had run off. She always came back. This time was different, though.

"We never heard a thing," her daughter Grace Kivisto told Illinois TV station WQAD.

Not until 1996, anyway. Police called to say that human remains believed to be Hood's were found in a nearby brickyard. The family had a service and buried the remains.

Case closed, right? No.

The family must have had suspicions, so in 2009 they gave a DNA sample from the remains to investigators just to make sure it was indeed Hood found in that brickyard.

Well, it took two years for some reason, and last week the family got the results -- the remains did not come from their mother.

"We were back to square one," said Kivisto.

So police reopened the case, and it didn't take long to solve. Using her name and date of birth, they found an 84-year-old woman in Florida who they are convinced is Hood.

"I'm in shock," Kivisto said. 

It's not clear if anyone has contacted the woman yet, but Kivisto said she is going to place a call.

"I'm going to see her as soon as I can," she said. "I can't believe it!"

So whose remains were found in that brickyard? -- another mystery for police to solve. Perhaps it won't take them 40 years this time.


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