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Where Mrs. Luetgert Was Seen:
St. Joseph, Benton Harbor and Miles, Michigan
On September 28, 1897, Chicago Record reported:
According to a dispatch from Benton Harbor, Mich., a Chicago detective has been across the lake for two weeks shadowing a wealthy Michigan man who lives south of St. Joseph and who it is believed has knowledge of Mrs. Luetgert's disappearance which would be valuable to the prosecution.
The detective, according to the telegram, refused to make public the name of the man, but said he knew all about the sausage factory and more than he would tell. The state believes, the detective said, that it can prove by this man that Mrs. Luetgert is dead, but he thought the evidence would be hard to get, as it might implicate the man himself.
Another dispatch from Miles, Mich., makes the same announcement and gives the information that the detective is boarding with J. Willinski in the Lake Shore drive, St. Joseph.
On October 21, 1897, the Chicago Record reported:
Benton Harbor, Mich., Oct. 20 - Mrs. A.R. Wolcott, living near St. Joseph, declared to-day that on Monday, Oct. 11, she talked with Mrs. Adolph L. Luetgert... Mrs. Wolcott, who is well-to-do, admitted a strange woman to her house to shelter her from the rain. The woman talked intelligently, but would not give her name or her home. She claimed to be a student of art. Mrs. Wolcott recognized the woman from likenesses of Mrs. Luetgert as printed in the newspapers. She has since seen a photograph of Mrs. Luetgert and she is positive that her visitor was the missing wife of Luetgert.
The Chicago Journal identified her full name as Abithe R. Wolcott.
Read about other places where the missing Mrs. Luetgert was supposedly seen.