Police say a Vermont woman who went missing in 1971 was last seen eating a bag of dried prunes at the health food store accused murderer Robert Durst co-owned with his presumed-dead first wife.

Lynne Schulze, then an 18-year-old Middlebury college freshman, reportedly disappeared outside Durst's store on Dec. 10, 1971, apparently after purchasing the dried prunes. Reports the Hartford Courant:

Schulze, who entered Middlebury College as a freshman in September 1971, was last seen Dec. 10 of that year. Her missing-person flyer shows a pretty girl peering through a loosely parted mane of light-brown hair.

Schulze was with some friends heading to a final exam when she told them she had to go back to her room to get a pen, Middlebury Detective Kristine Bowdish said. She was last seen at 2:15 p.m. across from All Good Things, near a bus station. All of her possessions, including her ID and wallet, were found in her dorm room.

Middlebury police reportedly received a tip in 2012 that Durst had been living and working in the area at that time.

"We are aware of the connection between Robert Durst and the disappearance of Lynne Schulze," Middlebury police chief Tom Hanley said in a statement. "We have been aware of this connection for several years and have been working with various outside agencies as we follow this lead."

Durst's lawyer says his client had no connection to Schulze and is merely the target of a game called "blame it on Bob."

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