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7 cold cases from the Miami Valley that will leave you shocked

First, her car was vandalized. Then her home. Finally, this young mother was gunned down in her home in the middle of the day. Who would kill Candance Prunty?

Meet the detective who is determined to catch her killer. News Center 7 investigates this cold case murder mystery Tuesday, Nov. 13, beginning at 5 p.m. 

There have been several unsolved criminal cases that have shocked and confused the Miami Valley. From murders to disappearances, police are still trying to solve several mysterious crimes in the region.

» UNSOLVED MURDER: Who killed Candance Prunty?

Candance Prunty was a 26-year-old single mom who worked hard to support her three young sons. Someone walked into her Springfield home on October 21, 2015 and shot her to death in the kitchen. File photo

Here are seven cold cases you need to know about:

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1. Brutal murder of Lillie Oglesby

Lillie Oglesby was murdered in her home on Genesee Avenue in May of 2004 and to this day, her relatives and investigators do not know why. File photo

The brutal murder of a 69-year-old mother of eight children is one of Dayton’s cold cases. Lillie Oglesby would have just turned 82 if someone had not put her in an early grave 14 years ago. “Learning about her death, I was like paralyzed. I couldn’t move,” said Lillie’s son, Buford Oglesby. READ MORE

2. Mysterious death of Nikki Brooks

Kelly Dee Wilson (Nikki Brooks) (Staff)

A popular Dayton disc jockey was dead in her Harrison Township apartment. Now, 17 years later, many have been questioned, but the case remains unsolved. On the radio, she was Nikki Brooks, but to her family and friends, she was Kelly Dee Wilson. READ MORE

3. Disappearance of Erica Baker

For the past 18 years, the disappearance of Erica Baker has been the Miami Valley’s biggest mysteries. “It’s a mystery maybe to some people but it’s our job to find her and we want to bring her home,” said Sgt. Bob Greene, of the Kettering Police Department. “It’s about a little girl. a little girl who was taken from her family at the age of 9. It’s a tragedy.” READ MORE

4. Slaying of 12-year-old Marvin Lee King

The anonymous phone calls warned that a man’s body would be found in a ditch along West Possum Road.

It took Clark County sheriff’s deputies four hours to find that body, which was in a field far from the road, and wasn’t that of a man, but of a 12-year-old boy: Marvin Lee King, known as Beau. Forty years later, his slaying remains unsolved. READ MORE

5. Death of Katelyn Markham

Katelyn Markham disappeared from her home in Fairfield in August 2011.

Katelyn Markham disappeared from her condo on Aug. 13, 2011. Her skeletal remains were found at a dump site in a wooded area in rural Indiana in 2013. A coroner ruled her death a homicide, but the cause of death remains unknown. Markham was last seen alive by her fiance, John Carter, who reported her missing. READ MORE

6. Nikki Lyn Forrest’s bizarre disappearance 

Nikki Forrest, 20, was four months' pregnant when she disappeared Sept. 25, 2010. (HANDOUT)

Nikki Lyn Forrest was 4 and a half months pregnant when she vanished. Forrest, 19, who had been somewhat transient during the previous year, disappeared Sept. 25, 2010. That day, she had two arguments in two Miami County cities, one in Piqua and one in Troy. READ MORE

7. Nancy Theobald’s death

Nancy Theobald’s body was found in December 1977 in West Chester Twp. after she went missing from her Cincinnati neighborhood. (Staff Writer)

A 40-year-old unsolved homicide is getting a new look from police, and a local mother hopes her efforts will bring in tips for other cold cases like it. Nancy Theobald’s body was found in December 1977 in West Chester Twp. after she went missing from her Cincinnati neighborhood.

Theobald was a University of Cincinnati student when she left her part-time job at Arby’s in Clifton to walk home on Nov. 16, 1977. She was never seen alive again. READ MORE

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