Lawyer: Wife led police to remains of suspect in Pennsylvania's police chief's killing
BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for the widow of a Pennsylvania police chief slain in 1980 says the wife of the man wanted for the slaying led authorities to his remains.
Thomas King III, an attorney for the widow of slain Saxonburg Police Chief Gregory Adams, says he was told by prosecutors that Lillian Webb agreed to lead authorities to her husband in exchange for immunity in the decadeslong criminal investigation.
The FBI and state police in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania discovered remains Thursday at Lillian Webb's home in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
An autopsy was performed Friday and the remains were identified as those of career criminal Donald Eugene Webb. Webb has been a fugitive since Adams was shot.
Investigators learned that Webb died in 1999.
"For almost 37 years, the family of Chief Adams, and the citizens of Saxonburg have been awaiting news of Donald Eugene Webb’s whereabouts. The FBI is grateful to have been able to play a role in helping to resolve this case," said Harold H. Shaw, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston Division. "Although it’s unfortunate Mr. Webb will never be brought to justice to pay for his crimes, we’re hopeful the family can find some closure in knowing that this alleged murderer has been located.”
Messages were left Friday for Lillian Webb.