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The Case of Isabel Cordle

Air Date: Oct. 15, 2013

VICTIM INFO:
Isabel Cordle, 49

LOCATION:
Bellevue, Ohio

DATE OF CRIME:
January 24, 1988

LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY:
Sandusky County Sheriff’s Department

DETECTIVES / GUEST EXPERTS:
Detective Captain Sean O’Connell (SCSO), Sheriff Kyle Overmyer (SCSO), Orlando Martinez, Detective Zach Zender (SCSO)

CASE DESCRIPTION:
In the early morning hours of January 24, 1988, 49-year-old mother of six Isabel Cordle fell asleep on her couch watching TV. Sometime before 6:00 A.M., someone sneaked up on her while she slept and hit her on the head with a hatchet four times. She died on the couch, never waking from her slumber. Her husband found her the next morning as he prepared to go to work and called 911. When the police arrived, Isabel’s husband and three of her children were upstairs, scared and confused. Police not only found trails of blood, they also found what could have been the murder weapon: a hatchet, propped up on a tree outside, right by the door. Why would the murderer leave the hatchet in plain sight? Were they trying to set someone up? Or did the murderer leave it there and then run back in the house?