Remains of mobster accused of killing Pa. chief end long-running mystery

16 July, 2017, 00:37 | Author: Ora Austin
  • The remains of Donald Eugene Webb were found buried on property in Massachusetts. Webb was wanted in the 1980 murder of a Pennsylvania police chief

Authorities searching for evidence in a decades-long quest to find the man wanted in the slaying of a Pennsylvania police chief in 1980 have recovered what they believe to be human remains in MA.

Webb, who would have been 86 on Friday, is accused of beating and fatally shooting Saxonburg police Chief Gregory Adams during a December 4, 1980, fight in the Butler County borough.

Thomas King III 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.

Police spent the day digging in the backyard of Webb's ex-wife's home in MA, where they found what is believed to be human remains.

An autopsy is being performed to determine whether the remains are indeed those of Webb, a career criminal known to specialize in jewelry store robberies.

The FBI has offered $100,000 for information leading to Webb's capture or his remains.

After 37 years, the remains related to a cold-case may have been discovered.

Saxonburg Police Chief Joseph Beachem added, "The biggest question in the history of Saxonburg has been answered".

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Webb, then 49, was a jewelry thief from MA with connections to the New England mob.

Webb's vehicle was found in Warwick, Rhode Island after the murder.

The FBI says it appears Webb died 17 years ago.

Then Adams pulled him over in a remote area, and Webb, who had ties to the notorious Patriarca organized crime family in Providence, allegedly beat and fatally shot Adams, a married father of two small boys, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Antonio Almeida says he's being doing yard work for Lillian Webb at the home for more than decade, but he rarely saw her until recently and never suspected a thing. Jones said an agent told her the room was hidden behind a closet and that they discovered a cane there.

"The man got away with murder", said Adams Jones.

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'.

Webb's remains were found buried in the back of the property located at 28 Maplecrest Drive, North Dartmouth. He was also the only fugitive in the United States wanted for the murder of a police chief.

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