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Person Of Interest ID'd In 1975 Missing Sisters Cold Case

Person Of Interest ID'd In 1975 Missing Sisters Cold Case

Two sisters only 12 and 10-years-old vanished in 1975. Their disappearances and presumed deaths a complete mystery perhaps until now with police identifying a person of interest.

Sheila and Katherine Lyon disappeared nearly 40 years ago while walking to a nearby shopping center to look at Easter decorations, which touched off a massive manhunt.

"People reported seeing those girls with an older man who had a tape recorder and a brief case - that man, though, never found. Sources telling News 4 this new information has been developed by the cold case squad here in Montgomery County." (Via WRC-TV)

"Well, detectives now say they've developed a person of interest who is also convicted as a child sex offender and already behind bars." (Via WMAR)

Local media in Washington, DC report police believe the man they've identified was at the Wheaton Plaza Mall the day the Lyon sisters disappeared.

Over the years, family members slowly lost hope Sheila and Katherine were alive. Though they did release age progression photos and cold case database CharleyProject.org keeps a sketch of a possible suspect posted, the Lyon family placed a marker for the girls in a local cemetery.

WUSA pulled file video from 10 years ago when the Lyons' parents talked about wanting an end to the case and detectives promised to do so.

MARY LYON: "The brides that he didn't walk down the aisle, the grandchildren we didn't have, the sons-in-law we didn't have."
DETECTIVE: "This is a case that will remain active in our files until we know what happened to these girls." (Via WUSA)

Montgomery County Police scheduled a press conference shortly after noon Tuesday to release their findings, calling it the biggest break they've had in the case in quite some time. (Via Fox News)

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shawn jamieson February 11 2014 at 11:21 AM

What an incredible nightmare for any parent to go through. Worse than a child passing. Very sad

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efwhalenco February 11 2014 at 10:26 PM

The pain the parents have endured for all these years will not end for the rest of their lives ; But,
perhaps knowing what happened, will end the uncertainty attached to their grief.

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golden trucking February 12 2014 at 1:14 AM

My sister & I were their age 40 years ago. We walked or rode our bikes everywhere. We would be outside for hours. At that time it was very rare to hear of children disappearing. & we grew up in the burbs of Los Angeles . You can't fault the parents. To the a holes who write stupid comments, they just want attention. Don't give them the satisfaction by responding. They don't mean it anyway.

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mcager golden trucking February 12 2014 at 2:24 AM

I grew up in the San Fernando Valley. Sadly, those days are gone forever.

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JOHN, NOT YOU golden trucking February 12 2014 at 3:09 AM

45 years ago myself and sister, their same ages used to walk 1.5 miles to local swimming pool. Her in a little bathing suit and me in trunks both bare footed. Next to a moderately heavily traveled road once we got out of our sub-division. No way now a days.Too many perverts and weirdos. She would have been snacthed up and gone.

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moose February 11 2014 at 11:07 PM

All the more reason to Eliminate these predators completely from society. Place them in one of the many laboratory experiments (removing the innocent animals), then once the laboratories are done with them, just eliminate them by hanging. Once this society gets off it's azz and decides enough is enough and ELIMINATE all of these predators, then we should have a safer society. Stop placing them in prison only to release them to repeat these crimes. These criminal SHOULD NOT get any other chance once they commit such hainess crimes.

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ohioh111b111y February 11 2014 at 5:33 PM

Better late than never..... I hope the Person of Interest can give details so the family can have some peace.

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PAM February 11 2014 at 10:58 PM

Poor babies, poor family. My brother was missing for 2 weeks before they found his body due to a random act of violence and it was the worse 2 weeks of my life, not knowing is worse than knowing. At least u have someone to bury and pray over. Omg I can't imagine what I would have done if my brother was never found and it was 40 years. I would not been able to live thru it. Please I hope this poor family finds some closure.

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cafebeege PAM February 11 2014 at 11:32 PM

As a mother, I think worrying about your vulnerable, innocent children is even worse because of the maternal thing. These parents have been through a life time of hell. We MUST clean up the streets of these psychopaths !!!

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rjwbrook cafebeege February 12 2014 at 3:09 AM

Most abusers are family members, especially the parents.

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Hilma & Helmut February 11 2014 at 7:51 PM

Can't imagine how terrible it is to lose 2 children at once. :(

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Andrea Jean February 11 2014 at 10:42 PM

I lived in No. Virginia when this happened. It was and still is so sad. How nice it would be if after all these years their parents could get some closure.

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phpoling February 11 2014 at 10:17 PM

40 years is long time but it's never too late to find the sisters somewhere

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cqprez1 February 11 2014 at 10:25 PM

.Think if you started breaking fingers we would know were the girls were by the second one.

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