Family seeks justice in Coleen Egland’s Lee County cold case homicide

Reporter: Anika Henanger Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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Coleen Egland’s family stands with a banner in her name to celebrate her birthday Friday Dec. 18, 2020 at the place she was found dead in Lee County 31 years ago. Lee County Sheriff’s Office found Egland’s body in woods near I-75 a day before her 26th birthday Dec. 17, 1989. Credit: WINK News.

The family of a woman found dead in Lee County decades ago is remembering their mother, sister and friend, as the investigation of her death remains open.

Loved ones still want answers in the cold case homicide of 25-year-old Coleen Egland, who investigators believe was killed 31 years ago.

On Dec. 17, 1989, a day before Coleen’s birthday, Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a body in the woods near a rest area at Daniels off I-75. Investigators learned it was Coleen’s body. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Just over 30 years later, Coleen’s family gathered Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 to celebrate her birthday, as they continue to seek justice for her killing.

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