Suspect Charged In 1975 Case Of Missing Maryland Girls

An indictment has been obtained in the case of two Maryland girls, Katherine and Sheila Lyon, who went missing in 1975.

By Katherine Biek, Christine Slusser | July 15, 2015

In 1975, two sisters in Maryland went on a walk together for lunch and never came home. Now, 40 years later, there's an update to the case:

"In October 2014, Commonwealth Attorney Randy Krantz began presenting evidence relating to this case to a Bedford County multi-jurisdictional grand jury. ... I am honored to report that Commonwealth Attorney Krantz obtained indictments charging Lloyd Lee Michael Welch Jr. with first degree felony murder for his involvement in the deaths of Sheila and Katherine Lyon," Bedford County Sheriff Michael Brown said. 

Katherine and Sheila Lyon were just 10 and 12 years old at the time of their disappearance. Lloyd Welch was named as a person of interest in 2014 and admitted to leaving a mall with the sisters.

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The Washington Post says Lloyd Welch said he witnessed his uncle, Richard Allen Welch, sexually assault one of the girls.

"I don't know that any parent or any family member can ever be relieved to find out that their children have been murdered. I think it is appreciated of all the law enforcement and ... efforts that have been made in this case," a spokesperson at the press conference said.

Richard Welch hasn't been charged in the case.

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