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Where Mrs. Luetgert Was Seen:
On July 29, 1899, at the time of Adolph Luetgert's death, the Chicago Daily News reported:
Regarding the recurrent rumors that Mrs. Luetgert had been seen here and there in the country Mr. (William) Charles shook his head in a dubious way.
"The last case of that kind I went on was down to Wissawaukee, or some such place, in Indiana. A mysterious woman had been found there who could easily have been taken for Mrs. Luetgert, so far as resemblance to Mrs. Luetgert's pictures was concerned. I went down there, but the woman was not the one I sought. She might come forward now Luetgert is dead, and there is no real reason why she should remain in concealment. Of course, reports reach me every now and then that she is alive, and at this, that and the other place, but the rumors usually prove to be without foundation."
"Wissawaukee" could be a reference to the town of Waukee, Indiana, though it isn't certain what Charles was alluding to.
Read about other places where the missing Mrs. Luetgert was supposedly seen.