Last year Lloyd Lee Welch, Jr. was deemed a suspect in the Lyon sisters case. On July 10 he was indicted by a grand jury in Bedford County. He was charged with two counts of first degree felony murder while he abducted the two sisters with the intention to defile them.
The Lyon sisters, Shelia (12) and Katherine (10) disappeared in 1975. The girls vanished while they were walking home from a mall in a tranquil suburb in Washington. They were meeting their friends to look at some Easter decorations. The widespread search for the girls led to nothing as days turned into months and afterwards years and decades.
58-year-old Welch is an imprisoned child offender. He admitted that on March 25 1975 he left the mall with the sisters and that his uncle, Richard Welch, sexually assaulted one of the girls. Police has also read Lloyd Welch’s letters and noticed that he gave instructions to his stepmother on what to say to the detectives. The police has filed the documents in several courts including Virginia in an attempt to receive permission to search different parcels of land and homes.
In the past two years the department has spent over 16.000 hours investigating, has conducted more than 100 interrogations and interviews and served over 50 search warrants.
In December Henry Parker, Welch’s cousin, revealed the truth about a fire which took place in Taylors Mountain. Parker confessed that he met his cousin at the property of 3417 and 3409 on Taylors Mountain Road in 1975. Lloyd come with a vehicle in which he was carrying two army style duffel bags, which according to Parker smelled like death. He said he threw some of the bags in the fire although he did not know what they contained.
Montgomery County, Md. Police Chief Tom Manger remarked:
“The abduction of Sheila and Katherine Lyon over 40 years ago has haunted this community and this police department. The men and women of the Montgomery County police department have never given up on finding these girls.”
If the case goes to trial it will be quite a difficult task for prosecutors because it is 40 years old. Records cannot be found memories of witnesses fade and the place where the girls were killed remains unclear.
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