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Investigation Continues in 1980 Slaying Following Discovery of Human Remains

Investigation Continues in 1980 Slaying Following Discovery of Human Remains

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.

The human remains found buried behind a MA home have been positively identified as a fugitive suspect wanted in connection to the decades-old, unsolved slaying of a Pennsylvania police chief, authorities said today. Authorities believe Webb shot and killed Saxonburg police Chief Gregory Adams in December 1980 after Adams pulled him over for running a stop sign.

Little is known about Webb's whereabouts from the time of the murder until his own death, which officials now believe occurred in 1999. Police believe he was in Saxonburg, outside Pittsburgh, to case a jewelry store he planned to rob when Adams stopped his auto.

The truth was revealed Friday as authorities confirmed that human remains found Thursday in a four-foot grave in Lillian Webb's backyard were those of Donald Eugene Webb.

Thomas King, a lawyer for Adams' widow, said in an email that he was told by prosecutors that Webb's former wife had told authorities about the remains in exchange for immunity.

Police say Webb shot Saxonburg, Pa., police Chief Greg Adams during a traffic stop in 1980. He was 31 years old.

She ignored reporters' questions when she returned to her MA home Friday night.

Webb became one of the longest-appearing fugitives on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.

Recent reports said a secret room was found in the ex-wife's house.

Webb vanished immediately. His remains were dug up Thursday night in the backyard of his ex-wife, Lillian.

"It means a lot to a town the size of Saxonburg", Saxonburg police Chief Joe Beachem said.

'Our thoughts are with the family and we hope this eases their minds, if even only slightly. "While the hurt will continue, at least doubt about what happened that day has been eliminated".

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in MA positively identified the remains, which were dug up as part of a joint investigation by the FBI and state police from MA and Pennsylvania. The FBI's Boston office last month announced a reward of up to $100,000 for anyone who provides information leading to an arrest or recovery of the remains of Donald Eugene Webb.

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