Customer, employee found murdered in small-town bakery. The killer remains free.

Source: Kansas Bureau of Investigation

Dec. 13 2021, Published 3:52 p.m. ET

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An employee and customer were murdered and left in pools of blood inside a small-town Kansas bakery.

That was in 2002. Now, nearly 20 years later, police have yet to make an arrest in the case.

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Around 8 p.m., On Sept. 4, 2002, police in Great Bend, Kansas, responded to Dolly Madison Bakery and found two women dead in the business. The victims were identified as Mandi Alexander, 24, a store employee, and Mary Drake, 79, a customer.

The two victims were found by a truck driver who stopped to make a delivery, according to the Great Bend Tribune.

Both victims were in the back of the store and their throats were slit. Money from the cash register was missing, but Drake’s purse was still on the counter, according to the Tribune.

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A witness described seeing a white man, about 6-feet-1-inch tall, weighing 175 pounds walking away from the business. The person of interest had a collar length, light brown or blonde hair and a slight beard.

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To date, police have been unable to identify the suspect and ask anyone with information to contact the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at (800) KS-Crime.

Alexander’s mother, Karen Sunderland, spoke to the Tribune and said she shares her daughter’s story with those curious about the small-town’s unsolved double murder.

“I forgave her murderer before I buried her, because I felt like if I didn’t do it then I never would,” Sunderland told the newspaper.

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Alexander was a single mother, and after making some mistakes in life, found a church in 2002, Sunderland said. She got a job at the bakery about a month before her killing. Friends reported that Alexander’s life was taking a turn for the better.

“She was drawn back in that direction,” Sunderland said.

Now, police are hoping someone can draw them in the direction of the suspect who killed the customer and the employee.


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