42 Years Later, a Break in 'Valentine's Day Killings'
'Person of interest' identified in 1971 murders
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Nov 16, 2013 9:02 AM CST

(Newser) – Authorities investigating a 42-year-old cold case murder of a young North Carolina couple say they've homed in on a "person of interest." Nineteen-year-old Jesse McBane and his girlfriend, 20-year-old Patricia Mann, were found tied up, strangled and beaten in Orange County on February 25, 1971, less than two weeks after the couple left a Valentine's dance. The murders were dubbed the "Valentine's Day Killings" because investigators believe the couple, who reportedly planned to get married, were abducted and then killed just hours after the dance.