​Katherine And Sheila Lyon Details: Indictment In Lyon Case After Grand Jury Met For Over 10 Months

Author: Kara GilmourBy:
Staff Reporter
Jul. 15, 2015

Katherine and Sheila Lyon details have developed after authorities in two states plan to make a significant announcement later this week. Investigators plan to release new information in the missing sisters case that began more than 40 years ago, according to My FOX DC.

Sheila Lyon, 12, and her sister Katherine, 10, were last seen at a mall near their Maryland home over four decades ago. Details of the case and evidence has been reviewed by a grand jury for the past 10 months in Virginia.

On March 25, 1975, the girls walked about a mile to the Wheaton Plaza mall, where they ate lunch, saw friends and then vanished. The case stunned the region at the time — instantly making parents question where it was safe to leave their children alone. Many have never forgotten it.

Katherine and Sheila Lyon details in missing case

Katherine and Sheila Lyon details in missing case

Katherine and Sheila Lyon details have been focused on Lloyd Lee Welch, a convicted child sex offender who is serving a long prison term in Delaware. Montgomery County police last year named Welch a “person of interest” in the case.

They later also named his uncle, Richard Welch, who lives in Hyattsville, Md., as a second “person of interest.” No charges have been made public.

The Katherine and Sheila Lyon grand jury proceedings, in Bedford County, Va., where Welch relatives have owned land, are closed to the public. But based on witnesses seen going in and out of the courtroom, it appears that investigators and prosecutors are focused on what members of the Welch family may know about the case.

Since September, authorities also have searched a mountain in Bedford County for the girls’ remains and searched homes linked to the family. In 1975, Lloyd Welch was an 18-year-old drifter and carnival worker who spent time near Wheaton, according to court records.

He spoke to investigators recently and told them he was at the shopping mall with Katherine And Sheila Lyon the day they went missing Lloyd Welch also said that the next day, he saw his uncle sexually assaulting one of the girls at his uncle’s house in Hyattsville.

“Lloyd Welch claims that he left the residence and never saw the Lyons sisters again,” detectives wrote in one affidavit. It is not clear which parts of his account authorities find credible.

According to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, news conferences are planned for both Montgomery County and Bedford County. The first, in Montgomery, will be held Wednesday in Wheaton, near where the girls were last seen.

Suspect in 1975 case

Bedford Sheriff Mike Brown, Bedford Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz and officials from the Montgomery police and Montgomery state’s attorneys office will speak, according to the Bedford sheriff’s office. On Thursday, officials from Bedford County and Montgomery County will hold a second news conference, in Bedford.

Details have been scattered over the years, as a number of investigators have worked the case, many going over the same old records stored in files. Potential suspects have been identified, then ruled out.

In May 2013, detectives began to take a fresh look at a report in those files: An interview detectives had with Lloyd Welch in 1975, just a week after the Lyon sisters disappeared. Welch hadn’t been considered a suspect back then, but the more present-day detectives looked at him, the more interested they became.

Katherine and Sheila Lyon details have heightened to bring a possible indictment against Lloyd Welch in the first degree, based on what he had had done since he left Maryland. Welch molested a 10-year-old girl in South Carolina and was sentenced to 18 months in jail.

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