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Investigators search for new leads in 1959 Perkasie cold case murder

PERKASIE, Pa. - Police are hoping to shed new light on a 58-year-old unsolved murder case in Perkasie.

Mabel Kretshmar was walking to a church service on February 13, 1959 when she was attacked and robbed near the intersection of Walnut Street and Constitution Avenue.

She was able to walk to a nearby gas station and call for help, but she died from her injuries the next day.

Perkasie police and state police interviewed dozens of people afterwards but the case went cold.

Investigators said one key factor was the footprints found in the snow at the crime scene. Police said the male attacker's left foot turned out with every steep and took a uniquely long stride.

Now police are asking the public to shed fresh light on the case.

Investigators are asking anyone with knowledge of the case, no matter how minor, to call them.

You can call Perkasie Police at 215-257-6876, submit an anonymous tip at 267-517-0099 or email

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