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    MT - Siobhan McGuinness, 5, Missoula, 5 Feb 1974

    I ran across this article and don't recall ever seeing anything here on WS about it. Five year old Siobhan McGuiness vanished from the street near her house on February 5, 1974. Her body was found two days later east of Missoula in a ditch along I-90. She had been sexually assaulted, stabbed twice, and struck on the head. The following link is to a recent article about the continuing search for what happened to this little girl.

    http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2...al/znews03.txt

    Two young girls went missing in the summer of 1973 in Montana. Their bicycles were found, but their bodies weren't discovered untl 1976. Both girls had been shot six times in the head. A police officer eventually confessed to the killings. I don't know if he was ever looked into regarding the McGuiness disappearance.

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    Bumping this up. I wrote an article about Siobhan for the True Crime Report:

    http://www.truecrimereport.com/2008/...as_siobhan.php

    FWIW, the guy who killed the two girls -- Jessica Westphal and Karen Tyler -- was Karl Randy Bachman. He didn't fit the description of the suspect being sought in '74 for Siobhan's murder, and he was friends with a cop, not a cop himself, I think. In Siobhan's disappearance police sought a red-headed male between 18 and 20, 5'11", with a medium build. He may have been driving a Caddy with New York plates at the time.

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    I wonder if there is a connection between this little girl and Nyleen Marshall? Montana's a big state, so maybe not, but the little girls were around the same age and even looked a little bit alike. Their abductions were not that far apart, were they? Within 5-10 years?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveHuff View Post
    Bumping this up. I wrote an article about Siobhan for the True Crime Report:

    http://www.truecrimereport.com/2008/...as_siobhan.php

    FWIW, the guy who killed the two girls -- Jessica Westphal and Karen Tyler -- was Karl Randy Bachman. He didn't fit the description of the suspect being sought in '74 for Siobhan's murder, and he was friends with a cop, not a cop himself, I think. In Siobhan's disappearance police sought a red-headed male between 18 and 20, 5'11", with a medium build. He may have been driving a Caddy with New York plates at the time.
    I ve lived in or near Missoula at various times in my life,this such a tragic case.
    I always wondered if the 'red headed suspect' they mentioned wasnt Wayne Nance but I believe that they eliminated him on the basis of DNA
    (Much to my surprise)

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    As mentioned in the article, my first thought was David Meirhofer...He was even considered a suspect in the Westphal/Tyler disappearances at one point, as he was known to have been in the area (reportedly buying farm equipment) within three days of their kidnapping.
    Seems there were a few girls, like Robin Pettinato, who went missing in this time frame.

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    The killer may have actually been from New York.
    That neighborhood in North Missoula is situated as such you could get off the interstate and back on in seconds.

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    Siobhan McGuinness - 5 yrs old

    Originally posted by: Boilly, moved here for discussion...
    Siobhan McGuinness - 5 yrs old
    Siobhan McGuinness, a bright and beautiful 5-year-old girl who disappeared from the streets near her Northside home on a February evening in 1974. She was found stabbed to death and sexually abused two days later in a snowy culvert.
    http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2...al/znews03.txt
    http://www.montanasnewsstation.com/G...&nav=menu227_4

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    I lived a about 100 miles from Missoula when this happened.
    Tragic case.
    That neighborhood is very close to the interstate though Missoula has had its share of local bizarre murders.
    In the 70's and early 80's it was the stomping ground for serial killer Wayne Nance .
    I seem to remember reading that DNA had cleared him in this case though.
    It would be nice to finally have this one solved.

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    Here is another article on Siobhan's murder

    http://www.truecrimereport.com/2008/...as_siobhan.php

    Let's get on this one!
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