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Arrest Warrant Issued in Bowling Green Cold Case

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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.

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.

Dan Modlin served as News Director at WKU Public Radio for 23 years, and retired in early 2013. He's a native of Indiana who grew up in a broadcasting family. A graduate of Ball State University, he worked for several years in the news network business in the Midwest, specializing in agricultural and political coverage, before coming to WKU Public Radio. His reports have earned numerous national and state awards for documentary production, public affairs reporting, and enterprise reporting.
Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.