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Lori Zimmerman


Sandra Volneck with the picture of her daughter, Lori

Real Name: Lorraine Zimmerman
Nicknames: Lori Zimmerman
Location: Hagerstown, Maryland
Date: April 6, 1984


Details: Lori Zimmerman was a Hagerstown, Maryland girl who was found murdered in her home. After the police had no details to go on, Unsolved Mysteries asked psychic Dorothy Allison to help solve Lori's murder, but they did not tell her any clues about the murder, not even Lori's name. Dorothy wrote several clues about the case before she began talking to a detective, Keith Wattenschaidt, about the murder. Dorothy said police should be focusing on a janitor that worked at the school, and this was a kidnapping. The suspect has suicidal tendencies, and the numbers "71" or "17" were related, and the suspect wears glasses and sometimes a wig, possibly a police officer in disguise. Dorothy went to Hagerstown, and immediately after she met with Keith, she had the name of the suspect, Chuck Bernstein. Dorothy learned that Lori Zimmerman, the victim, was a fifteen-year-old, who vanished on April 6, 1984, after she left her aunt's house. Eight days later, her partially naked body was discovered in the forest twelve miles away. Lori had been beaten, suffocated, and a foreign object was lodged in her throat. Dorothy believes that Lori met with two friends, that were related, at a library, and although she had a name of a possible suspect, due to the ongoing investigation, Unsolved Mysteries had to bleep the name out. After Dorothy left the airport, more images flooded her, including the one in which Lori was seen being raped before she was killed, she was also hit in the head, and then suffocated to death, just like what actually happened. Dorothy knew about the object in the throat, and choking done by the killer, which the police did not make public. Dorothy claimed that Lori walked down a street and was picked up by an old yellow car driven by the killer. By the end of the day, Dorothy had come up with many clues in the case, but some did not seem to be related, and others seemed to be misdirected. For example, the janitor clue was probably not pertaining to the suspect, but instead Lori's stepfather's job. Also, the man named Chuck Goldstein or Bernstein is not considered a suspect, but may have information on the case. However, some clues apparently were related to the case, such as the numbers 1 and 7, because Lori was buried in plot 17, and Dorothy mentioned the name "Cleveland" which is one street away from the crime scene. Dorothy also mentioned a church, which was a half mile from where Lori was found. When Dorothy was at the crime scene, she experienced a strong sensation that she had felt during the entire investigation. Dorothy also felt the suspect's name (that was bleeped out) at the crime scene as well. She feels that Lori did not want to do what the killer wanted to do, so he hit her on the head and then killed her. She also feels that the suspect was the one that killed Lori. However, detectives ran the name, but could find no suspect with that name and Lori's murder remains unsolved.
Suspects: According to Dorothy, the killer might have known Lori, had suicidal tendencies, dressed in a disguise, and may drive an old yellow car. There was a suspect who was privately named by Dorothy, but was bleeped out. She believes that this suspect was the killer.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the May 6, 1988 episode, that featured psychic Dorothy Allison.
Results: Unsolved

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