ELKHART Ada Haradine, a mother who raised her children on Crabtree Lane in Elkhart, has been missing since 1985. Now, nearly three decades later, investigators are reopening the cold case, hoping to find new leads.
Ada was last seen working in her yard on a weekday afternoon. A typical part of her daily routine was to pick up her 8-year-old son Jeff from the school bus, but on May 8th, 1985, she never arrived.
“I was concerned and called my dad at work and told him I was home alone,” Jeff, now a grown man, says.
Ada’s remains were found three years later, in May of 1988, just north of Union, Michigan, less than 20 miles from her home. She died from a massive skull fracture caused by a blow to the head.
“It was disappointing for me because at that age you hold out hope that she’s going to come home,” Jeff says. “But I think for my dad at the time, there was probably a little closure.”
Tips at the time of her disappearance indicated Ada had been speaking with a man in yard that day, and with a woman in a separate conversation. Ada was not known to have any enemies who would want to hurt her.
South Bend Police Lieutenant Cindy Kilgore says even though the case was closed, police have followed up on hundreds of leads over the years, taking the search as far as Puerto Rico. So far though, no suspect has been identified.
Anyone with information on either of Ada Haradine’s murder should call Michiana Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at (574) 288-STOP or (800) 342-STOP.