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  1. #16
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    Did they contact locksmiths to see if any remember him having anything rekeyed or with Vitro to see if they have any record of him needing a new key to the building?

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    The ring of keys

    Quote Originally Posted by froggierintexas View Post
    Did they contact locksmiths to see if any remember him having anything rekeyed or with Vitro to see if they have any record of him needing a new key to the building?
    I do not know the full extent of what LE did with those keys, but I do know that they made an attempt to match them to Vitro Laboratory offices, with no luck. Remember, however, that 12 years had passed between the murder and the time that Fred Coffey came to their attention.

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    Connected Jane Doe Case?

    Could the below case possibly be linked to the attack on Kathy Beatty? Note that both were abducted, physically assulted, and left for dead near a drainage ditch by a large department store.

    The attacks occurred about 17 days apart.

    Photos of Kathy resemble the composite drawing of this other girl. Both had long dark hair parted in the middle. Similar size and description.

    A possible suspect, Fred Howard Coffey, Jr. was a computer specialist with Vitro Laboratories which had four offices near Wheaton, one of them only blocks from Kathy's house in Aspen Hill.

    Coffey departed the Wheaton, Maryland area very suddenly when it was reported in the papers that Kathy Beatty had survived her attack and was in the hospital. Unfortunately, she never regained conciousness, and died 5 August 1975.

    Coffey later wrote to his employer claiming (falsly) that his wife and daughter had been in a car accident in Kentucky, and that he had to go to them. He asked that his last paycheck be mailed to him. Where he actually went in late July/early August 1975 is anyone's guess.

    Coffey was convicted in 1987 of First Degree Murder for killing 10-year-old Amanda Ray in Charlotte, NC in 1979. Her body was found in a remote area near water.


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    Unidentified White Female
    Discovered on August 16, 1975 in East Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut.
    Estimated date of death: August 11, 1975.

    Vital Statistics

    Estimated age: 18 - 28 years old
    Approximate Height and Weight: 5'5" - 5'6"; 125 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair, parted in center. Brown/hazel eyes. She had pierced ears. She may have had a small mole under the chin. She possibly had comestic surgery to reduce the size of the nose.
    Dentals: Available. Probable orthodontic care.
    Clothing: No clothing located.

    Case History

    The woman’s strangled body was found by a truck driver on a rainy August 16, 1975, floating in a drainage ditch behind the former Bradlees department store on Frontage Road. She was wrapped in a canvas tarpaulin and she was gagged and bound by black antenna wire around her neck, waist and knees. Police believe she was killed somewhere else and dumped on Frontage Road. She died of asphyxiation by suffocation at least five days prior to discovery.

    Dried white paint spots on the tarpaulin might indicate the murderer had connections with the painting trade.

    Investigators
    If you have any information about this case please contact:
    East Haven Police Department
    Detective Division
    Detective Sgt Scobie
    203-468-3827

    Source Information:
    ID Wanted Organization
    The Doe Network: Case File 93UFCT

    LINK:
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/93ufct.html

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    32 year anniversary...

    July 24th will mark the 32nd anniversary of Kathy's murder.

    The Montgomery County (Maryland) Police Investigators who are in charge of the still open case are the same ones who are in charge of the Lyon Sisters' unsolved and open case.

    The lead investigator was in the same High School Class as Kathy's older sister, Theresa.

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    Happened Again

    Got your message and have spent all this time typing the details only to have it wiped out again and being told I'm not logged in but there was my name at bottom of first page as logged in and at the top. I've logged in about 5 times alraeady. This is too much to try to work with. There's no point in me trying again from here.

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    Kathy Beatty

    Thanks for reminding us about Kathy Beatty, Richard. My heart and prayers are with her family hoping something might come up that will bring a solution to her case.
    Richard, please check your messages again. Thanks.

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    Message

    Richard, I tried to IM you again just now. Same thing happened. Dog is on the way to pound in Frederick right now.
    Last edited by ShurlT; 06-29-2007 at 10:30 AM. Reason: additional wording

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    Coffey

    Richard, please check you messages.

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    Sign In; Log Out Problems

    There's something wrong with this website. Now I can't log out. Thought it was me but I just logged out, exited the site and came back to see if I was still logged in. I am.

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    Back to the set of keys

    If Coffey killed the Beatty girl, & his car keys were included in the set of keys found at the murder site, what would he have done? He would have been at the scene with his car, & no keys. Unless he had a spare key hidden on the outside of the car you would think his spare key was back at his motel (a person relocating his job & residence would most certainly have a spare car key somewere).

    In order to go from Aspen Hill to his Gaithersburg motel he probably would have chosen the fastest method, which would have been a round trip taxi ride. I understand 12 years have past before Coffey was a possible suspect, but even at that, taxi records may have been available if LE had inquired.

    What if someone had taken a round trip taxi ride from Aspen Hill to the Holiday Motel in Gaithersburg? Also, what if that someone just happened to be Fred Coffey?


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    Pm

    Jeb, please check your messages.

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    Connections between Beatty and Lyon cases?

    I origionally posted the still unsolved case of the Murder of Kathy Lynn Beatty on the Lyon Sister's thread because I felt that there could be a connection between the two cases.

    Both cases occurred in Wheaton, Maryland in 1975, almost exactly four months apart.
    - The Lyon girls disappeared on 25 March (A Tuesday) between about 2:30 and 4:30PM
    - Kathy Beatty was abducted and assaulted on 24 July (A Thursday night), probably sometime after 8PM.
    - Both incidents occurred during the same moon phase.

    Both incidents involved young girls (ages 11 and 13, and age 14) out in their respective neighborhoods on their own.

    Both probable abductions occurred in a parking lot, or in residential streets adjacent to parking lots and near shopping centers.

    No witness reported seeing any of the girls being abducted.
    The abductor(s) most likely used a ruse to lure the girls into his vehicle.

    The distance between the two incidents is only about three miles.

    The victims of these two incidents bear some physical resemblance.

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    Physical Resemblence

    Richard, that's the first time I think I've heard about a resemblence between the Lyon sisters and Cathy Beatty. Was there ever a picture of Cathy Beatty posted anywhere? Would it be possible to get her picture posted here or on Maryland Missing or one of the other websites...maybe all of them? Just a thought.
    Last edited by ShurlT; 09-01-2007 at 11:42 PM. Reason: error correction

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    Kathy's photo...

    Quote Originally Posted by ShurlT View Post
    Richard, that's the first time I think I've heard about a resemblence between the Lyon sisters and Cathy Beatty. Was there ever a picture of Cathy Beatty posted anywhere? Would it be possible to get her picture posted here or on Maryland Missing or one of the other websites...maybe all of them? Just a thought.
    In an earlier post on this thread, I quoted a Washington Post Newspaper story dated 6 January 1977. I found a copy of that article in microfilm files. That article contained a photo of Kathy. She was a pretty girl with long, straight hair.

    Kathy is not missing, so the Maryland Missing site would not carry her story. Her murder remains unsolved, however, and the case is still open.

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    Kathy Beatty

    Thanks for your response, Richard. Have been out of state a couple weeks and will be leaving again tomorrow but will try to keep tabs on things from a library computer. Please keep up the good work.

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