Find the clothes…find the killer
The clothes that Theresa wore the night of November 3, 1978, were never recovered. If we could find them, they might yield some important pieces of evidence. (Anon sent me an article–reprinted below–about a case with some similarities to Theresa’s. The big difference is that the investigators collected the victim’s clothes, kept them as evidence and were able to get DNA evidence some 30 years later.)
Were these Theresa’s clothes?
“It is six o’clock on the morning of Sunday, November 5th, and hunters, Steve Mandigo and Samuel Burnham have been up for hours. ..This morning they have chosen a spot at the crest of a rise overlooking a spectacular view of Lake Memphremagog. It is beautiful country. The lakeshore is peppered with dozens of cottages belonging to the affluent members of the Montreal English elite. They come to unwind each summer, to this area near the tiny village of Austin.
“Late autumn. The lakeshore is now closed for the season. It is cold, but the first snow has yet to fall. Mandigo and Burnham pass silently through the thick, dense forest. They are hoping for deer. Near a fallen tree they spy something. They approach the tree. Resting neatly on a log they find clothing. Upon closer examination, they see that it’s a woman’s shirt and a pair of blue pants. The clothes look new. The men place the clothing back on the log and continue with their hunting. Around noon, the two men exit the interior of the forest. They come out onto the gravel service road where their trucks are parked. They briefly discuss the articles of clothing they found in the woods. They consider whether it would be best to notify the Police.” (Posted by John Allore on November 6, 2006)
Murder victim’s clothes held critical clue for 30
New DNA evidence helps police pinpoint a suspect in the
1978 killing of Sara Beth Lundquist
Sara Beth Lundquist would be well into her 40s by now. The way she loved children, perhaps she’d have a few of her own. Maybe, just as she’d planned, she’d be a nurse.
Though her family will never know what the 15-year-old could have become, they’re finally getting answers about who may have abducted her near a Ballard bus stop and stabbed her to death almost 30 years ago.
Seattle police say DNA evidence now points to Clarence E. Williams, who killed a young woman less than three months later. On Wednesday, King County prosecutors charged him with murdering Lundquist in 1978. He will be arraigned Nov. 7 in King County Superior Court.
“I feel like this is going to be healing. … Having this question answered has got to bring some relief,” said Lundquist’s mother, Lynne Carlson, who still lives in Seattle. “I often thought I might die before I knew.”
Lee Lundquist remembers with “photographic clarity” the day he learned, at age 10, that his big sister wasn’t coming home. He’s always believed her killer would be found. He needed to believe it, he said.
“I’ve known for a long time that finding out who did this to Sara certainly would not make the loss any less severe,” he said. “But knowing would certainly help by reducing the mystery and unknowns surrounding her case.”
On Tuesday, Detective Mike Ciesynski, who investigates Seattle’s “cold cases,” paid Williams a visit in a Minnesota prison where more than 400 Washington inmates are being housed. The 62-year-old man — who has a chance for parole in less than eight years — insisted he didn’t kill the woman he’s convicted of murdering and had nothing to say about Lundquist’s death, he said.
Ciesynski said he wants to make sure Williams doesn’t kill anyone else.
“Here are two girls who were killed in a similar way, two months apart. They were similar in appearance. Both were abducted,” he said. “It’s my personal belief that a serial murderer will not just stop because he’s 60 years old. Once he’s released, he’ll do it again.”
It was the year the historic Camp David Accords were signed and serial killer Ted
Bundy was finally caught. The U.S. Mint began cranking out Susan B. Anthony
dollars, and people were disco-dancing to the Bee Gees.
Sara Lundquist was a blue-eyed Ingraham High School sophomore who taught Sunday school, played piano and practiced steering her mother’s car around a Shilshole Bay parking lot, her sights set on a driver’s license.
On July 2, 1978, she and a girlfriend saw a movie downtown and took the bus back home to Ballard. She was last seen walking from the bus stop toward her house on 20th Avenue Northwest. Her body was found the next day in the men’s room of a gas station on Leary Avenue, more than a mile away. She’d been stabbed in the neck, chest and head.
Police concluded she’d almost made it home. A neighbor reported hearing a scream and the screech of tires. Lundquist’s purse and clogs turned up in an alley.
At the time, police made a public plea for clues. Her father and others later offered a $5,000 reward for information, but the case eventually reached a dead end.
Her family was devastated. Over the years, Carlson said, she has continually agonized over who could have done it and became suspicious of many.
She and her brother, Jim Abbott, said living with heartache, fear and uncertainty simply became part of life. Now, Abbott said, they are trying to accept that “as far as we know, it was totally random.”
DNA profile finds match
Ciesynski began looking into the girl’s unsolved killing after a call a few years ago from Lundquist’s brother, who’d occasionally checked with police over the years.
He tracked down old reports and remnants of the investigation: The denim outfit Lundquist had worn — a ticket stub for “Damien: Omen II” still tucked into a pocket — and the key: microscopic evidence that she may have been sexually assaulted.
He sent the evidence, found inside the girl’s clothing, to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab, where scientists and today’s DNA technology revealed a genetic profile. They entered it in a database of convicted felons’ profiles last year and found a match with Williams, Ciesynski said.
To read the rest of the article,
click here: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/336600_cold24.html