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Old Avard Road Unsolved Mystery

Mildred Ann (Newlin) Reynolds' Death
Tuesday, 13 March 1956, 1:40 p.m.

Mildred Ann (Newlin) Reynolds, daughter of Ernest & Marie (Schroder) Newlin, Lambert, Oklahoma, was born December 25, 1933 and died 13 March 1956, 1:40 p.m. at the age of 22.

Mildred Ann was a petite (5' 2", 100 lb.) nice looking, young lady and a senior attending Northwestern State College.College faculty described her as "rather shy" and a "good student."

Mildred Ann Newlin married R. D. "Dee" Reynolds nine months before her violent, fiery death. Dee Reynolds was a basketball coach and teacher at the Avard High School and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Reynolds of Freedom, Oklahoma.

Mildred had a brother, Eddie Newlin.

Mildred's body was burned beyond recognition and one leg was burned completely off at the knee. Her husband's 1949 Chevrolet Tudor Sedan was set afire and Mildred's body was found lying across the front seat with her head away from the steering wheel.

The question is Why? -- Was it Murder or an accident? Who had the 9mm semi-automatic pistol at the scene of the crime?

Map - T25-R14WIM, Woods Co., OK (Click photo for larger view)
Cast of Characters
13 March 1956 - Crime Scene
13 March 1956 Crime Scene
1956 Crime Scene Photos
Questions - 1956 Cold Case file
Northwestern State College Seniors
Real Detective (February, 1958 Story)
13 March 1956 - Ann Reynolds
17 April 2003 Percival
Gourley, Doss Info
Sheriffs Woods Co

News Clips
News Clippings
Woodward Daily Press Notes
Northwestern News Notes
Woods County Enterprise Notes
Freedom Call - March 15, 22 & 29, 1956

Sheriff of Woods County 1955-1960 -- Ed Doctor, sheriff; Elvin White, undersheriff; Doss Gourley, deputy. Vernie Hackney was a Deputy until he resigned 15 March 1956 to farm & ranch.

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