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Weeks After a Vegas Sex Worker Went Missing, Her Severed Legs Were Found in Illinois. How Did They Get There?

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Mar. 26 2024, Published 3:01 p.m. ET

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In May 2005, police in Nevada started to investigate the disappearance of a sex worker. Weeks later, her legs were found in a field in Illinois.

But how did they get there and was it a case of murder?

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Nearly 20 years later, police in two states still don’t have a clear picture on what happened to Lindsay Marie Harris.

On May 6, 2005, police in Henderson, Nevada, took a report of a missing person, Harris, according to the Illinois State Police.

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Weeks later, on May 23, 2005, police in Springfield, Illinois, learned that people had found human remains just off Interstate 55. The remains were two severed legs. It would take three years, but they were identified as Harris.

Police haven’t classified her death as a homicide, but they are trying to get more information on the cold case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Illinois State Police at (309) 693-5015.

Investigators said Harris was a sex worker in the Las Vegas area and had family ties to upstate New York.

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Her case has aired multiple times on “America’s Most Wanted,” and police in Illinois have traveled to Las Vegas and New York to interview people. So far, they haven’t been able to solve what happened to Harris.

Shortly after the remains were identified in 2008, family spokeswoman Janice Grieshaber told the Las Vegas Review-Journal said the discovery ended the family’s hope that Harris would be found alive. Still, it allowed them to move forward in the grief process.

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“It does bring them relief,” Grieshaber told the newspaper. “They have some ability to have a service and to feel like they’re bringing Lindsay home.”

When the family learned about the match, they had just gotten home from the funeral for Harris’ uncle. They took it as a sign.

“They saw it (the news) as her uncle giving them a gift,” Grieshaber said, according to the Review-Journal.


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