Remains found may belong to Saxonburg murder

The office of the chief medical examiner in MA positively identified the remains as Webb's.

"I mean, hiding him while he's alive and then burying him in the backyard when he dies?" Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for the Bristol County District Attorney's Office in MA said Webb's cause of death has not yet been determined, but it "does not appear his death was the result of a violent act".

State police detectives assigned to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's office obtained a search warrant for Lillian Webb's property as part of a separate investigation into an illegal gambling operation that led to the discovery of Webb's body.

Investigators believe he died about 17 years ago, but declined to say how he died.

While his widow finally has some answers, she's angry with the fugitive's ex-wife for keeping his whereabouts a secret for all these years.

The FBI and state police from MA and Pennsylvania gathered Thursday at the Dartmouth home of Webb's wife and began a dig in the yard. Jones said an agent told her the room was hidden behind a closet and that they discovered a cane there. "That's something I had to do 37 years ago with two babies and that's something I'm going to do now", Jones said.

Where was the fugitive wanted in the killing of Police Chief Gregory Adams? "I'm just so angry", Adams Jones said.

Records from the Bristol County Probate and Family Court show Lillian Webb divorced her husband in September of 2005.

"Nor have we been told who buried him", he said.

The remains were recovered Thursday by the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Section, with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Pennsylvania State Police. He was added to the list on May 4, 1981, and remained on it until March 31, 2007. After all these years, Webb's remains have been found in the backyard of his ex-wife's home in MA.

"It's the biggest question mark in our town's history, so we're hopeful we'll see what happens in the next short time here", Saxonburg Police Chief Joe Beachen said.

'Our thoughts are with the family and we hope this eases their minds, if even only slightly.

  • Rogelio Becker