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5:15 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Arrest Warrant Issued in Bowling Green Cold Case

Nearly 15 years after a Bowling Green woman went missing, her estranged husband is now wanted for her murder.  Carol Neal was reported missing from her Shawnee Drive home in 1998. 

An arrest warrant was issued this week for Leland Neal, who was last known to be in Mexico. 

Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron says the case got a boost from Neal’s other criminal offenses. "Leland Neal was already under indictment in Warren Circuit Court for some unrelated charges.  He's been on the run from those charges for some time," Cohron states.  "That really helped re-energize the case."

Neal fled to Mexico in 2008 and records show no indication he re-entered the U.S.  Cohron says now that Neal has a murder warrant, he hopes the case will be a higher priority for federal and international law enforcement.

Leland Neal
Leland Neal
Credit Bowling Green Police Department

Carol Neal’s body was never found, but a portion of her skull was uncovered by hikers near the Daniel Boone National Forest in McCreary County in 2003.