Body of fugitive who killed a police chief in 1980 and disappeared is found after 37 years in his ex-wife’s basement

A decades-long search for a fugitive accused of killing a Pennsylvania police chief in 1980 came to a dramatic end when authorities identified his remains, which were buried in the backyard of his ex-wife’s home.

Donald Eugene Webb, who was on the FBI’s ‘Ten Most Wanted Fugitives’ list from 1981 to 2007, allegedly shot and killed Saxonburg police chief Gregory Adams in December 1980 during a traffic stop before going on the run, Daily Mail reports.

Thirty-seven years later, his ex-wife Lillian Webb showed police on Thursday where her ex-husband was buried in her backyard in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
Webb disappeared after the killing, but his car was found two weeks later in a parking lot in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Within weeks, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Webb after he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and charged in Pennsylvania with first-degree murder.

The FBI has offered $100,000 for information leading to Webb’s capture or his remains. Webb would be in his 80s now, if he is still alive, WJAR reports.

Last month, lawyer Thomas King III filed a notice in court saying the police chief’s widow, Mary Ann Jones planned to sue Lillian Webb and her adult son for civil conspiracy claims.

The move came after FBI agents said Webb may have hidden out in a secret room in Lillian Webb’s home during short stints in the 1990s. A cane was found in the room.

King said Friday that Jones agreed to drop her claims after Lillian Webb agreed to tell authorities where her ex-husband was buried.

On Thursday, she led police to her ex-husband’s remains, which were buried in her back yard in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

The FBI said investigators believe Webb died about 17 years ago.

Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts 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.’

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