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    Karen Scarborough 17, Deborah Frank 23 & Sharon Lake 25 Dale City June 24, 1978

    Prince William County Police Department

    "On June 24, 1978, the bodies of 17 year old Karen Scarbrough, 25 year old Sharon Lake, and 23 year old Deborah Frank were found in a Ryland Homes trailer in Dale City. All three women died from gunshot wounds. Karen recently graduated from High School and started her first job at the sales trailer. Deborah was planning to move to the area and was house shopping with her friend Sharon who lived in Dale City.
    39 years have passed and these murders remain unsolved..."

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archi...=.a622bd2d37c9

    "The police and prosecutor of Prince William County differed sharply yesterday over whether they have a "prime suspect" in the slaying of three young women in a Dale City trailer a year ago this month.

    Prosecutor Paul Ebert told reporters that a man he described as a construction worker in his late 20s who lives outside Prince William is the leading suspect in the highly publicized case. Ebert expressed confidence that the man would be charged with murder "sooner or later."

    But county police Major E. A. Grove said flatly yesterday, "There have been no breakthroughs."

    "I think Paul must have made a political speech somewhere last night," Grove said after being deluged with inquiries concerning Ebert's announcement that a suspect had been found.

    Ebert, a controversial part-time prosecutor who is running for reelection next fall, said the man has been a focus of the police investigation since last summer and was known to have been in the vicinity of the crime at the time. He said police have interviewed the man repeatedly.

    Grove contradicted that account, saying the investigation "has several suspects. We are not aware of what he (Ebert) is talking about."

    The bodies of Deborah Warner Frank, 23, of Alexandria; Sharon Lake, 25, of Dale City, and Karen Rose Scarborough, 17, of Falmouth were found June 26 lying side by side in a trailer used by Ryland Homes as a sales office. All three had been shot in the head.

    Scarborough was spending her first day on the job as a Ryland Homes receptionist when the murders occurred. Lake had accompanied her friend Deborah Frank to the trailer on a house-hunting trip.

    Police said none of the victims had been sexually assaulted, a total of about $30 was missing from the women's purses, police estimated.

    The police have since conducted what Elbert called "the most extensive and expensive investigation" in the county's history, although neither Ebert nor Grove would give a precise figure of the cost.

    Two investigators, Wilson Garrison and William Methany, supervised by Sgt. Harold Morgan, have worked full-time on the case for a year. They have interviewed more than 2,000 people according to Ebert.

    Ebert said yesterday he believes the man he regards as the main suspect will be charged, but acknowledged there is a "possibility" that the case will remain open forever because of insufficient evidence.

    "It's one thing to feel you have the individual and another to be able to prove it. Until the loose ends are wrapped up we'll be unable to make a charge," he said."

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archi...=.7475882e0571

    "Prince William County police still have no suspects and no motive and are "perplexed" in their investigation of the execution-style murders of three young women in Dale City on Saturday, a police spokesman said yesterday.

    The three women were each shot once in the back of the head and found lying side by side in a trailer used as a housing development office. Police yesterday called the shootings the worst crime in the history of the county.

    The three were not sexually molested before they were shot with a small caliber weapon between 4 and 6:55 p.m. on Saturday, according to an autopsy, part of which was made public by police yesterday.

    Police said about $30 in cash was taken from the three women's purses, along with other personal items that police would not identify. There were no signs of a struggle in the trailer and robbery did not appear to be a major motive for the slaying, police said.

    Sharon Lake, 25, of Dale City, and her friend, Debra Warner Frank, 23, of Alexandria, were found dead in the trailer they had gone to as part of an afternoon of house hunting for Frank. Also found in the trailer, which sits near the end of a dead-end road and is bordered by excavated land soon to be a housing development, was Karen Rose Scarbrough, 17..."

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archi...=.fe9aaa8e7bd1

    "Bellida Crisp was lying on a sundeck sofa four Saturdays ago, absently gazing at a trailer parker near her Dale city split-kevek house, oblivious to the execution-style murders taking place 150 feet away.

    She lay there in the sun most of the afternoon. Her husband was cutting lumber nearby with a power saw and Mrs. Crisp heard nothing but the sound of the saw. She noticed people around inside the trailer which served as a sales office for a home building company, and, when police cars converged on the trailer around 7 p.m., she said she feared somebody must have had a heart attack.

    What had happened was a triple murder the county prosecutor calls the "most heinous" crime in the history of Prime William County, a crime that he says "may be unsolvable." It is a crime that Bellida Crisp says has left her family and her neighbors with "a feeling of death that just doesn't go away."

    Sgt. Marvin H. Morgan is one of two Prince William County police detectives in charge of an investigation that has involved hundreds of hours overtime chasing down leads as obscure as a tip that the murderer fled the murder scene in a helicopter. He and the 22 other police officers who have worked on the case have yet to come up with a motive, a murder weapon or a manor suspect.

    When Morgan arrived at the tailer June 24 he found three young women lying face down side by side, each with a single bullet hole in the back of her head. There was no sign of a struggle; the women had not been sexually molested, police said.

    "The person who did it had these women lie down and he shot them rather cooly. There was no evidence of the overkill you see when a murderer kills in a rage," Morgan said.

    Murder in Prince William County, a rapidly developing Virginia jurisdiction on the southern edge of the Wastington suburbs, isn't uncommon. the county of 128,500 people typically averages o/ne murder a month, said Commonwealth's Attorney Paul B. Ebert.

    Yet, most murders in the past, according to Morgan, have been simple crimes of rage or robbery. "In most of the homicides we have around here," Morgan said, "You can establish a motive immediately at the murder scene.

    "But at this murder (in Dale City) we were shocked, no, I guess we were bewildered because there didn't seem to be a motive."

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation, called in to assist the investigation, has studied the murders and concluded they were committed by a professional killer, according to prosecutor Elbert. The few suspects who have come up in the investigation are hardly professional killers, he said.

    Elbert, who talks by phone with police three to four time a day about the investigation, said police have toyed with a number of theories about how the murders happened.

    Two of the victims, Sharon Lake, a 25-year-old school teacher from Dale City, and a friend, 23-yar-old Deborah Warner Frank from Alexandria, were house hunting when they went to the Ryland Homes sales trailer near the dead end of Dale Bouvard, police have said.

    Working in the trailer was 17-years-old Karen Rose Scarbrough, a Falmouth, Va., girl on her first day of her first job after graduating from high school.

    Police have theorized that the murderer may have been starting to sexually attack Scarbrough when he was surprised by the two other women entering the trailer, Ebert said. Or perhaps the murderer had been following the two women around Dale City that afternoon as they shopped for a house, police have said.

    Police are checking to see if there are disgruntled employes or clients of Ryland Homes, a major Washington builder who may have wanted to kill another women who normally worked on weekends at the trailer. They've eliminated a pershon who was seen at the trailer a week before the murder and who "acted strangely" toward the Ryland employes, Morgan said.

    "We have a few good suspects and with the right interview we may be able to make an arrest in a couple weks," Ebert said. But he added that the investigation is likely to go on for several months as investigations follow up on leads called in by citizens.

    Thus far the investigation has run into dead ends on several well publizea clues. A card filled out in the trailer on the day of the murder by a prospective home buyer and found by police has producted nothing. Morgan said. The name, address and phone numer on the card are fake, Morgan said, and efforts to trace the hand writing have been fruitless.

    A tip about a red Volkswagen seen in the area at time of the murder has gone nowhere. Morgan said."

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    https://www.facebook.com/PWCPolice/?...WSFEED&fref=nf

    "COLD CASE CORNER: HOMICIDE–“Dale City Triple”
    On June 24, 1978, the bodies of 17 year old Karen Scarbrough, 25 year old Sharon Lake, and 23 year old Deborah Frank were found in a Ryland Homes trailer in Dale City. All three women died from gunshot wounds. Karen recently graduated from High School and started her first job at the sales trailer. Deborah was planning to move to the area and was house shopping with her friend Sharon who lived in Dale City.
    39 years have passed and these murders remain unsolved.
    We are asking you for help. Please share this post with your social media friends. If you have any knowledge of this crime, contact us. You can send a private message on Facebook, email us at policedept@pwcgov.org or call crime solvers 1-866-411-TIPS."

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    Thank you for posting this. There seems to be much more information available in this case than the other two I posed yesterday from PWC.

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    July 1978:

    Prince William County prosecutor Paul Ebert yesterday released a composite drawing of a man he called a "major suspect" in the execution-style murders of three woman in Dale City, a crime he said has police "still perplexed."

    However, he said illegal drug dealing "may" have been a motive in the killings and that the murderer could have ties to some organized criminal activity. The prosecutor would not elaborate, except to say police have no evidence that any of the victims was involved in drug traffic.

    Ebert said the suspect, a man in his late 20s with curly reddish or brownish blond hair and a medium build, was spotted driving away from the trailer where the women were killed, on June 24, the day fo the crime. Police have said the women were each shot once in the back of the head sometime between 4 and 6:55 p.m. that day.

    The suspect, wearing a white and green stripped pullover T-shirt with a collar, was driving a dark green subcompact car with a hatchback and white bucket seats, Ebert said.

    A witness driving past the trailer, which served as a sales office for a Ryland Homes subdivision noticed the suspect pulling away from the trailer and turning around at the dead-end of Dale Boulevard, Ebert said. The suspect did "something that stuck out in the witness's mind," Ebert said.

    The prosecutor would not say yesterday what the suspect did nor would he identity the witness. In a press conference, where Ebert frequently refused to confirm information released last week by county police, the prosecutor made an appeal for citizens and "members of the business community" to increase the $5,000 reward that has been offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in what police have described as the worst crime in the county's history.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archi...=.fb99cba7c8cb

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    In my opinion....speculation

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    Wow! Almost nothing about this case out there. We hear about the Springfield Three, but not this one. Looking at articles and PWC PD Facebook page on the case, it appears they have interviewed individuals as recently as the last 2 years. Strange. The manner of killing almost appears to be professional. But I remember the robbery of a Safeway store in Arkansas in the 70's and the robber, a repeat offender, took all 3 of the employees closing up the store out to a field and made all 3 lie down. Then he proceeded to shot all 3 in the back of the head. He didn't do a very good job on the third employee because he lived. This guy was certainly not a professional killer, but he did the same thing.

    If this was done with a small caliber gun such as a .22 or .25 those are what I expect a professional to use. Especially a .22 since it is so common. I can imagine LE has ballistics on the bullets. I wonder if releasing that info now would help.
    Justice might be blind, but Karma has the vision of a hawk. ~ Connie Fletcher, crime author

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    Sweet girls in the wrong place at the wrong time....no evidence to connect them to anyone who could possibly done this....

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    In my opinion....speculation



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