A break in one of the D.C. area’s long-term missing cases
Sisters, Sheila and Katherine Lyon, were last seen on March 25, 1975 at the Wheaton Plaza Mall in Montgomery, Md.
Now, nearly 39 years later, information has been uncovered that may lead to a resolution to this almost four decade mystery. Today the Montgomery County Police along with the FBI held a press conference asking the public for any information they may have on convicted sex offender and person of interest, Llyod Lee Welch aka: Michael Welch. Additionally, law enforcement is asking for any information the public may have on Welch’s then girlfriend, Helen Craver.
If anyone has any information regarding Michael Welch or Helen Craver contact investigators at 1-800-CALL-FBI, or they can submit a tip online at: http://tips.fbi.gov
Last known location
The Lyon sisters were shopping for a birthday present for their mom and had plans to eat lunch at the Orange Bowl restaurant.
Sheila, 10, and Katherine, 12, were instructed to be home no later than 4 p.m. When the girls failed to return home police were called and an extensive search began.
During the early hours of the investigation, police recieved information that the girls were seen talking to an unidentified male outside of the restaurant. Witnesses stated that the girls were also being followed by a man during their time at the mall. Based on the information provided a sketch was created.
According to the Montgomery County Police Department, Welch has been in a Delaware prison since 1997 after being arrested for sexual offenses towards young girls in several states. Prior to his incarceration, Welch traveled extensively throughout the United States working for a carnival company that often set up at malls. Law enforcement believes there may be more victims who have not yet come forward.
View the poster for the Lyon sisters: http://ow.ly/tLc1y.