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Debbie Fijan age 10 murdered February 11,1966

Debbie stayed after  on Feb. 11,1966 at her  west Chicago school to keep time at a basketball game. When her mom went to pick her up she was not there. A few hours later her body was found in an icy ditch near the intersection of Fair Oaks and Lies roads.Debbie had been stabbed 19 times. She was just 10 years old. Her younger brother now in his late 40's remembers her going to church with him and talking to him about Jesus. He also fondly remembered her smile and sweetness.  Her case is being investigated by the cold case unit of DuPage Co. IL sheriff's dept. by detectives Tim Garlisch and Joe Dalgiudice. According to 1966 articles Debbie's favorite teacher was arrested in this case but the grand jury refused to indict Loren Schofield age 27 saying they had insufficient evidence.  The weapon in this case has never been found.


  1. This is very hard for me. My name is Karin norbeck Smith. In 1967 I was 5 years of age. It was in the spring, probably April. We lived one house down from the grade school where Debbie was abducted on a 40 acre spread of land. A hired hand who was responsible for the care and feeding of a racehorse we had purchased brutally sexually assaulted me, strangled me and left me for dead. I am now 51. We do not know the man's name. My parents, one of whom has died and the other who confirmed the attack but now has senility, are then not able to help with his identity. I have contacted the Detective in charge of Debbie's murder. I do not know if the events were realted, but in such a rural area I think that would be quite odd in less than a year to have 2 men who were so evil. My attacker worked for Mr. Mountjoy who was a horse breeder at Fair Oaks Farms. Because of the publicity surrounding Debbie's death, my father did not file a police report and we have been silent about my attack all these years. The man was about 35, very weathered, wore a plaid brown western shirt and cowgoy boots. He had dirty blonde hair, was very wirey in his frame and he drove a tan El Comino. He also wore a green jean jacket and carried a very distinctive knife on his belt. If this rings a bell to anyone, please message me on Facebook. My heart goes out to Debbie's family and I am sorry it has taken me so long to find the courage to post this.


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