Crime Watch: Karla Doty

By: Joel Schipper Email
By: Joel Schipper Email

Thirteen years ago, a woman was murdered at Tobacco Mart in Elkhart. Police still do not know who killed her.

The murder happened in January 1999 in the 51000 block of State Road 19. Karla Doty was the manager of the Tobacco Mart at the time of her murder.

Two women were working in the store and were getting ready to close up for the night. Karla was bent down counting money when a masked man in a ski mask rushed through the door and sprayed both of the women.

Karla's friend was able to get away after being chased and stabbed, around the store and in the parking lot.

She came back in the store and Karla had also been stabbed. There are few details about the murderer.

"They know that he was a white male and that he was in the vicinity of about 5'6 and medium build, but not much to go on," said Lt. Kilgore.

If you have any information about this crime, call Michiana Crime Stoppers at (800) 342-STOP. "We will protect their anonymity," said Lt. Cindy Kilgore of Michiana Crime Stoppers.


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