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Remains of longtime fugitive found in eastern MA

16 July 2017

A lawyer for the widow of a Pennsylvania police chief fatally shot in 1980 said the wife of the man wanted for the killing led authorities to human remains believed to be his.

According to a release from the FBI, on New Year's Eve 1980, 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 for the death of Chief Adams.

The remains of a longtime fugitive accused of killing a Pennsylvania police chief have been found in his wife's backyard.

The FBI announced Friday that remains of one of agency's most-wanted fugitives have been located after a 37-year search. A message was left at her home.

Webb passed away about 17 years ago, in 1999, investigators learned.

Webb's remains were found buried in the back of the property located at 28 Maplecrest Drive, North Dartmouth.

The FBI's Most Wanted List has Webb's photos listed as "deceased".

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Lillian Webb recently received immunity in exchange for her cooperation. Webb was a career criminal living in New Bedford, Massachusetts, at the time.

Saxonburg Police and MA state police discovered human remains Thursday at the Dartmouth home.

"I'm not going to comment on any specifics on that", Quinn said.

Authorities have begun a dig in a MA yard to search for evidence in a decadeslong quest to find a fugitive wanted in the slaying of a Pennsylvania police chief in 1980.

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

Last month, the Post-Gazette reported that a secret room had been found inside Webb's ex-wife's home. He was added to the list on May 4, 1981, and remained on it until March 31, 2007. "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, in a statement.

"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".

Remains of longtime fugitive found in eastern MA