Detectives are seeking help from the public in a 29-year-old death investigation.
Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards issued a press release Wednesday morning reaching out to the public for information on the death of Loreli “Lori” Bringe.
Bringe was found dead in a wooded area near her home on Butternut Road in the Town of Arlington on Aug. 19, 1988. The initial investigation concluded that Bringe had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, though after retiring, Sheriff Jim Smith requested the case be re-opened.
One detail of the incident was that although the 33-year-old mother of two was right-handed, the wound was on the left side of her head.
“When she came home from work that day she was not depressed and there was no suicide note,” Detective Lt. Roger Brandner said, recalling the case in an interview in July. “Jim came back to us and said this was one that really bothered him. We’re convinced it is a homicide.”
A person of interest was identified early in the investigation, whom investigators have been speaking with more recently. The case went “cold” in the early 1990s, according to Wednesday’s release, but was re-opened as a homicide investigation in 2014.
Detectives are continuing to follow any new leads in the case. Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to contact Detective A.J. Agnew at 608-742-4166, extension 3318.