Two suspects were charged Tuesday in the 1975 murder of a 17-year-old Indiana girl after science recently helped solve the case, authorities said.

The suspects, identified as Fred Bandy Jr., 67, of Goshen, and John Wayne Lehman, 67, of Auburn, were arrested Monday at their Indiana homes, state police said.

Laurel Jean Mitchell, 17, of North Webster, was last seen on Aug. 6, 1975, leaving work at a church camp in Kosciusko County around 10 p.m., the captain said. Indiana State Trooper Kevin Smith at a press conference.

Laurel Mitchell, 17 years old.WPTA

The suspects each faced one murder charge and were being held at the Noble County Jail without bail, state police said in a statement.

Although the case spans multiple jurisdictions, the defendants were prosecuted in Noble County, where Mitchell’s body was discovered.

No registered defense attorneys were included in a court file on the case. The Noble County Public Defender Agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Authorities with search warrants searched the homes of each suspect and, in the Lehman case, obtained DNA, Noble County District Attorney James Mowery said at a news conference on the case.

«Science finally gave us the evidence we needed, playing an important role in bringing charges,» Indiana State Police Capt. Kevin Smith said at the news conference.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the subpoena requests, witnesses linked the men to Mitchell’s murder and DNA evidence linked one of the suspects to the case. reported Associated Press.

Mitchell was working at a church camp near North Webster Lake when she went missing, authorities said. Her parents called police when she didn’t return from work and authorities found her body the next day, about 17 miles north of the camp, in the water, they said.

The cause of death was determined to be drowning, but a medical examiner said at the time that her body showed signs of a struggle.

Authorities at the news conference did not say whether the two accused men know each other or what role they believe each might have played in the crime.

Initial court hearings for each man were expected Wednesday in Noble Circuit Court, according to state police and court records.