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Janis Kay Sanders

Missing Person Case September 2021

Sanders, approximately 1975

Date reported missing : 07/20/1975

Missing location (approx) :
Niles, Michigan
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Ethnicity :

DOB : 09/27/1950 (70)
Age at the time of disappearance: 24 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4, 115 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A black jumper-type dress, a long-sleeved collared rose-colored shirt, black pantyhose, white shoes, gold earrings and a gold watch with a black leather band.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian female. Red hair. Sanders's right eye is blue and her left eye is brown. She has freckles and her ears are pierced. Some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies spell her name "Janice."

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Sanders was last seen leaving her waitress job at Pete's Patio Resturant in Niles, Michigan close to midnight on July 20, 1975. Her estranged boyfriend, Gerald Casimer "Jerry" Libertowski Jr., followed her out of the restaurant.
Witnesses stated Libertowski was acting like a "mad man" at the time, and while he and Sanders were talking in the parking lot, she looked "scared." Sanders had ended their relationship the week before and moved back in with her parents in South Bend, Indiana. She has never been heard from again.
Sanders was reported missing by a family member on July 21. On August 5, her 1973 or 1974 AMC Matador was found parked at the Holiday Inn in the 900 block of south Eleventh Street in Niles. There was no sign of her at the scene.
In 1976, Libertowski was charged with Sanders's murder as well as the murder of Janeice Langs, another girlfriend of his who disappeared in 1973 and was never found.
Sanders's wallet and a pill bottle belonging to Langs were discovered hidden in the crawl space of Libertowski's house after the women's disappearances. He also allegedly told his former business partner he'd killed the women. He was later acquitted of Langs's murder, and the charges in Sanders's presumed death were dropped for lack of evidence.
Authorities continue to believe Libertowski was involved in both women's disappearances. He died in 2010, at the Age at the time of disappearance: of 67.
Foul play is suspected in Sanders's disappearance due to the circumstances involved. She left behind two children, and both her parents and her ex-husband said she wouldn't have left them without making sure they would be cared for. Some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies give her date of disappearance as August 5, the day her car was found.

Other information and links : ncy

Michigan State Police

September 2021 updates and sources

The South Bend Tribune
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The Doe Network
Michigan State Police
The Anderson Daily Bulletin
The Benton Harbor News-Palladium
The Detroit Free Press

October 12, 2004. March 9, 2016; Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.

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