Lyon sisters: Police dig for remains of sisters missing for 40 years

Lyon Sisters
Lyon Sisters

UPDATE 1/25/17 –  The courts are seeking the death penalty for Lloyd Lee Welch, Jr.  The judge denied a motion by Welch’s attorneys to rule out the death penalty.  Welch  is to go to trial in April for first degree murder of Sheila and Katherine Lyon in 1975.  The Judge also ruled that Welch breached his 2013 immunity agreement by changing his story several times.

UPDATE:  10/16/15 – Lloyd Lee Welch, has implicated not only himself, but also an uncle and a cousin, according to newly released police documents. Welch told them he saw his uncle sexually assault one of the girls.  

Original story:  Lloyd Lee Michael Welch, Jr., 58, who is currently in prison has been charged with first-degree murder of Sheila Lyon, 12 and Katharine Lyon, 10, on July 15, 2015.  Bedford County, Virginia, commonwealth’s attorney Randy Krantz announced on Wednesday that a grand jury in his state indicted Welch and they will try to extradite to Virginia.

At the time of their disappearance in March 1975, Welch was working at a carnival.  Police have established he was at the mall the days the girls disappeared.  In 2014, Welch told police he left the Wheaton Plaza shopping mall with the two girls according to court papers that detectives have filed in the case.

In November 2014, authorities began a forensic dig on a Taylors mountain in Virginia searching for the remains of the two sisters who vanished 40 years ago, reports CBS news. They continued their dig through March of 2015.  There has been no further news if they found anything or not.

Katherine Lyon, 10 and Sheila Lyon, 12, from Kennsington, Md., were last seen walking to the Wheaton Plaza mall in 1975 and have never been seen since.  Their disappearance resulted in one of the largest police investigation in Washington Metropolitan Area and is considered one of the most high-profile unsolved cases in that area.

In September 2014, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Department began searching woods in Thaxton, Va. and a house in Hyattsville, Md.   Because of  information and some evidence they found, they have concentrated on the area where they are at today, reports CBS news.

Richard Allen Welch, Sr., who was a security guard at the shopping center is thought to own or once owned property where the authorities are digging today.  Welch is also the uncle of Lloyd Lee Welch, Jr., who has been named a person of interest in the case.

Welch, Jr. was spotted at the mall at the same time that Welch, Sr., was there and he was seen paying close attention to the girls, reported WUSA9 news.  A witness said the girls were seen talking with a man who was carrying a briefcase with a tape recorder inside and was asking children to speak into the microphone he was holding.  Welch, Jr. is currently in jail after pleaded guilty to a sex offense in Delaware in 1998, reports the Washington Post.  He has denied any involvement in the Lyon sister’s disappearance.

In December, the grand jury charged Patricia Welch, 65, of Hyattsville, Md. of lying to them in regards to this case.

“Our mission focus is to bring these children home if at all possible,” said Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz.

We’ll keep you posted if anything is found.

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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America.


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