When someone is murdered in their own home, the community living in the area will understandably be wanting the killer to be caught as soon as possible.
For 40 years the murder of Coulsdon mum-of-two Joy Sweatman has gone unsolved – despite police offering a £2,500 reward.
Mrs Sweatman, 25, died after being attacked in her own home in front of her young daughter in 1977 and a person was reportedly seen wiping blood off a hammer .
Police were called to the address, in St Andrew’s Road, after Mrs Sweatman’s lodger, 53-year-old Vernon Patton, made the gruesome discovery of her bloodied body when he returned home at 1.30pm on Wednesday, June 1, according to reports in the Coulsdon and Purley Advertiser at the time.
The paper reported in the June 17, 1977, edition that Mrs Sweatman was killed on the same day of the Queen’s Silver Jubliee celebrations. Neighbours were just 100 yards
This is part of an ongoing series from the MassLive Unsolved Case Files, a look at families of victims and the investigators who continue to dig for answers.
Kerry Gilpin looked to the side and became distant. Her eyes began to fill with tears. As Gilpin spoke about the unsolved murder of her 15-year-old sister, Tracy Gilpin, it was almost as if she was brought back in time to 30 years ago.
There was Gilpin’s family, her mother, standing in front of her giving the young woman the heart-wrenching news. Tracy’s body was found. Gilpin’s family met her at Blue Cross Blue Shield where she worked at the time.
“I can see my mother in the lobby. It’s like a moment in time,” she said. “I can still feel what it felt like. I can see my mother’s face.”
There are still moments when Gilpin, 47, feels like she is back in 1986, mostly when
Editor’s note: This story is part of an occasional series about unidentified human remains found in Middle Georgia. If you have information about the unidentified woman described here, please call the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500.
Though the body was lying in the front yard of a house, it was more than a month before anyone noticed it.
One Thursday afternoon nearly 40 years ago, a woman who lived on Riverside Drive in Macon was outside hanging laundry on a clothesline when something caught her eye.
There in a sparsely wooded area about 15 feet from the road, 47-year-old Estoria Bowman saw what she later described as a “yellowish shape.”
“I got close enough to tell it was a human, and then I backed off and waited for my husband,” Bowman told a Telegraph reporter at the time. “I didn’t want to find out what it was by myself.”
In many small Maine towns, there are cold cases and whispers from the past. In Lincoln County, there remains just such a case, the unsolved 1975 homicide of Florence Estelle Norcross Lauze, a young woman from Brockton, whose body was found in Sherman Lake in Newcastle, Maine. She was just 19 years old and had been strangled
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What had started off as an innocent outing soon took a sinister turn.
On the morning of Aug. 16, 1975, on Lynch Road in Newcastle, Maine, Randy Pearce of Boothbay, Maine, and a young relative stopped to go fishing at Sherman Lake, on the shore opposite a rest area along Route 1.
Around 8 a.m., Pearce discovered a woman’s body floating in the lake.
Pearce walked up the road to David Wood’s farmhouse, which was Lynch Road on the way to Route 1. Shaken, Pearce described
The third unidentified person “cold case” in Pulaski County examined this year involves the skeletal remains of a black or mixed-race male found December 19, 1985 along the cliff line of Lake Cumberland across from Lee’s Ford Marina Resort.
Pulaski County Coroner Clyde Strunk pulled the cold case from his files in response to questions about skeletal remains of an unidentified male listed on the Unidentified Persons Database of NamUs (National Missing and Unidentified Persons System). The remains on the NamUs list are of a male, 35-45 years old, found, according to NamUs, January 1, 1986 in rural Pulaski County.
It is not immediately known if the two reports could be the same case with an error in dates, or if it could be two different unidentified people. Also on the NamUs database are skeletal remains of a female found July 2, 1995 by two people looking for a campsite in the
What appears to be human remains were discovered behind a Massachusetts home during a search involving a 37-year-old cold case, authorities said.
The Bristol County District Attorney said the possible remains were unearthed after a day-long dig at a home in Dartmouth, on Thursday, Boston 25 reported.
The home belongs to the wife of Donald Eugene Webb, who investigators say shot Saxonburg, Pennsylvania Police Chief Greg Adams during a routine traffic stop in 1980. Webb’s car was found in Rhode Island a few weeks later.
“I was 12 years told when he was murdered, I lived on the county on the other end of the county and all the adults were talking about,” current Saxonburg Police Chief Joe Beachman said. “Getting in the field you can’t help but think about it though your career.”
DARTMOUTH (CBS) – Human remains were found behind a home in Dartmouth as part of a cold case investigation. FBI agents joined Massachusetts and Pennsylvania state police at the home on Maplecrest Drive Thursday.
The FBI confirms the operation is in connection with the search for longtime fugitive Donald Eugene Webb, who has long been the suspect in the 1980 murder of then Saxonburg, Pennsylvania Police Chief Gregory Adams, a husband and father.
According to multiple reports, the scene is the home of the suspect Webb’s ex-wife and there’s word investigators have found a so called secret room inside the house.
Bristol County District Attorney Tom Quinn would not say who they believe the remains belong to or what led them to dig in the backyard. Quinn said the medical examiner would determine cause of death and when it happened. He would also not discuss if anyone would face charges related