Wedding day

Mildred Ann Newlin Reynolds on her wedding day.

ALVA, Okla. — The Woods County Sheriff’s Office interviewed more than 350 Northwestern State C students, relatives and anyone who had contact with Mildred Ann Newlin Reynolds before her death occurred on March 13, 1956.

The cold case remains at the sheriff’s office. 

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Below is a list of some of the items discovered at the scene where Reynolds’ body and car were found, according to the case file at the sheriff’s office:

• Three 9 mm Luger empty shell casings found 75 feet west of car tracks. H.E. Brockman later came forward stating he believed he fired the shells from his P38. Ballistics showed the gun did fire the shells.

• A lady’s beige suede loafer, left shoe, partially burned at the front part of the left rear fender.

• Bumper guard.

• One drop of blood on a nearby thistle.

• One drop of blood on the grass on the east side of the tree, about 250 feet west of where the car was found.

• Three 9 mm cases found 200 yards west of the tree.

• Ash fragments were found 56 feet southeast of where the car first caught fire and 72 feet from where the car finished burning.

• Four buttons, scorched.

• One pair of lady’s black gloves, found after the vehicle and body were removed, about 200 feet east of the scene. Gloves were larger than what Reynolds should have worn.

• A lady’s light-beige short coat, 90 percent burned, found on the ground where the left door of car was located when the fire started. The area around and at the rear of the car indicated the ground on the left side had been on fire.

• Lead deposits were found in specimens of the ground.

• Melted rubber was embedded in the ground in two places, seven feet apart, indicating the tire was melting while being pulled by the starter.

• Steel chain and crucifix. It had been burned and embedded in the ground near the left door of the car. Reynolds was not a Catholic, but her sister-in-law confirmed it was Reynolds’. Reynolds had told her it was a good-luck charm.

• A one-quart can of brake fluid.

• One two-gallon galvanized water can with spout.

• One one-ounce green glass bottle with a glass medicine dropper fused in the neck.

• A pair of small manicure scissors.

• A metal snap section of a lady’s coin purse.

• The metal blade and handle section of a paring knife.

• Parts of a broken soft drink beverage bottle.

• Wedding ring and small band were found on the floor of the vehicle after the car was removed from the Chevrolet garage. The rings were found after the vehicle accidentally was dropped at the garage. It was confirmed to be Reynolds’ rings.

Several items were found attached to Reynolds that were discovered during her autopsy, according to the report, including:

• What appeared to be a spiral binder of a stenographer’s notebook.

• An empty lipstick case.

• Metallic button with wire-loop fastener.

• Two bobby pins.

• A metal eyelet.

• Metal cylinder similar to that of what went on a lead pencil.

• A large, irregular portion of glass, 18-by-12 centimeters.

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