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A photo of Wendy Jo Halison is held by her sister, Linda Kort Trocino. (Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

It should have been an ordinary errand: a trip to a Mid-Wilshire drug store to buy a hair dryer.

Wendy Jo Halison drove her prized green Thunderbird down Fairfax Avenue on that Sunday afternoon in 1968, stopping at the Thrifty on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard. After shopping, the 22-year-old art student was seen filling up her car at a gas station down the street.

But Halison would never return home to her family.

Her body was found the next morning, stuffed in the trunk of her car, a few blocks from where she was last seen alive.

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