When a Maryland teen is abducted and murdered on her way home from school, the tragedy leaves a lasting impression on her community. Cold case investigators persevere decades later, striving to identify a killer they believe is still in the area in this episode of Last Seen Alive.
Lori Zimmerman was 15 years old at the time of her murder in 1984.
Lori disappeared from downtown Hagerstown, Maryland on her way home from school. Her remains were discovered in a rural area 10 days later.
Jeffrey Eldon Miles Sr has admitted to murdering two Hagerstown area women. The murder of his 17 year old victim bears several similarities to Lori’s murder. It’s unknown whether he was involved in Lori’s death. Photo from the Herald Mail.
Lori’s mother, Sandra, holds a portrait of her only child. Sandra died in 2020, without ever learning who murdered her daughter. The case remains open.
2 thoughts on “UNSOLVED HOMICIDE: LORI ZIMMERMAN”
I was pleasantly surprised to finally hear a podcast about Lori’s case. You could say it was the case that got me into true crime. I grew up in Hagerstown and my mother and Lori’s mother were friends. While I was too young to remember Lori, every time we passed their house or even remotely went near where she was found, my mom would often wonder out loud if they would ever find her murderer. My mom has passed now and I’ve moved away, but it still doesn’t keep me from occasionally looking up the case to see if there have been any breakthroughs. I’m hoping with the advent of genetic genealogy that maybe one of these days I’ll do a search and find there has been one. Thank you for putting Lori’s case out there.
Hi, Amy! It’s good to hear from someone else from the area–thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. I’m hopeful that Lori’s murderer will (finally) be identified and held responsible. Articles published within the last couple years mention DNA recovered from the scene, and I’m hoping there’s a quality sample that can aid the investigation–either that, and / or someone will come forward with needed information.