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Janeice Langs

Missing Person Case September 2021

Langs, approximately 1973

Date reported missing : 11/08/1973

Missing location (approx) :
Elkhart, Indiana
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Ethnicity :
Age at the time of disappearance: 24 years old
Height / Weight : Unknown
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian female.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Langs was last seen in Elkhart, Indiana on November 8, 1973. She worked a full day that day, drove a friend home from work, and disappeared afterwards. Her parents last saw her when she ate breakfast with them at their home. She has never been heard from again.
In April 1976, parts of Langs's 1972 Mercury Montego were found in a garAge at the time of disappearance: behind a burned-out farmhouse in Elwood, Indiana. It had been disassembled with a cutting torch.
Gerald Casimer "Jerry" Libertowski Jr. was charged with Langs's murder in 1976. They had dated each other and lived together at one time, but in September 1973, Langs broke up with him and moved out of their home. He was also charged with the murder of another ex-girlfriend, Janis Sanders, who disappeared in 1975 and was never located. Sanders's wallet and a pill bottle belonging to Langs were discovered hidden in the crawl space of Libertowski's house after the women's disappearances.
Libertowski also allegedly told his former business partner he'd killed the women, and that another man had taken Langs's car apart. When police confronted that person, he admitted to dismantling the vehicle but said he didn't know it had been a murder victim's car; he stated Libertowski had told him he wanted it destroyed because the finance company was about to repossess it.
Libertowski always maintained his innocence and implicated another woman in Langs's death. He says he witnessed this person bury Langs alive, but he did not tell police at the time because he was afraid.
He was later acquitted of Langs's murder, and the charges in Sanders's presumed death were dropped for lack of evidence. Authorities continue to believe he was involved in both cases, however. He died in 2010, at the Age at the time of disappearance: of 67. Foul play is suspected in Langs's case due to the circumstances involved.

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South Bend Police Department

September 2021 updates and sources

The South Bend Tribune
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October 12, 2004. March 9, 2016; date of disappearance and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.