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    IL - Debbie Fijan, 10, DuPage County, 11 Feb 1966 - #1

    I did not know where to post this since we have no unsolved murders forum.

    Debbie stayed after on Feb. 11,1966 at her west Chicago school to keep time at a basketball game. When her mom went to pick her up she was not there. A few hours later her body was found in an icy ditch near the intersection of Fair Oaks and Lies roads.Debbie had been stabbed 19 times. She was just 10 years old. Her younger brother now in his late 40's remembers her going to church with him and talking to him about Jesus. He also fondly remembered her smile and sweetness. Her case is being investigated by the cold case unit of DuPage Co. IL sheriff's dept. by detectives Tim Garlisch and Joe Dalgiudice. According to 1966 articles Debbie's favorite teacher was arrested in this case but the grand jury refused to indict Loren Schofield age 27 saying they had insufficient evidence. The weapon in this case has never been found. http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/gi_0...for-sweet.html

    http://www.dupageco.org/sheriff/unsolved%20murders.htm

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=3677,3472666
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    there's a Cold Case forum...a mod can move this thread for you, rpipergirl

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    ty,Texasmist. I hope they do as it fits better there.

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    thanks for moving this for me

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    There is precious little info about this case. I can't find anything about it except the links above. Frustrating.

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    There appear to be several articles on this case in the Chicago Tribune archives, but they are pay-to-view.

    One intriguing headline states that Schofield's attornies turned over a box containing the body of an infant boy to police in April of '66...

    http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/chicagot...Y&pqatl=google

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    Okay, I have to believe this guy got away with murder.....Schofield was the the last person to see Debbie, claiming he found her on a playground swing at 5:30 and ordered her to go home--at which time she informed Schofield that her mother had been called and was on the way to pick her up. When the mother arrived ten minutes later, Debbie was gone.

    As detailed in this article, he was one of the first to show up for her search after burning "pornographic photgraphs" he kept in his desk at the school. Schofield reportedly told police he didnt remember what happened and may have done it.

    http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...chofield&hl=en
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    Curiosity got the better of me, so I ordered one of the articles.

    -Debbie had been stabbed 19 times, about the back, chest, face and eyes.

    -She may have lived 2 or 3 hours after being dumped in an icy ditch.

    -Schofield failed 6 lie detector tests.

    -Schofield's wife, Maryann, confessed to the DA that she burned several pornographic photographs that Schofield had in their home.

    -Schofield was not Debbie's teacher that year, but had driven the girl home on numerous occasions. When Schofield's baby son was born, Debbie made him little toy boats as a gift.

    -Schofield was a gym teacher and coach. Debbie was the timekeeper for the school's intramural basketball games. She stayed late at school that day due to a game.

    -Debbie was fully clothed when found. There was no indication of molestation.

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    It appears that Schofield was still alive as late as 2002, I found an obit for his wife in Kansas City. They had three daughters, in addtion to the son who was born 6 months before Debbie's death. I havent found an obit on Schofield himself as of yet.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shadowangel View Post
    It appears that Schofield was still alive as late as 2002, I found an obit for his wife in Kansas City. They had three daughters, in addtion to the son who was born 6 months before Debbie's death. I havent found an obit on Schofield himself as of yet.
    He's listed at veromi with a city in MO, one former city in CA, and two former cities in IL.

    I'm not too far from where Debbie was found. I drove by the intersections of Fair Oaks and Lies a few years ago. There is a forest preserve there now. Based on what I have read, I think LS is/was guilty but there was never enough to charge him. I wonder why they couldn't go back and take another look at the evidence with current forensics. I would think there has to be some evidence that could be further tested to either exclude LS or charge him this many years later.

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    http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&so...-8&sa=N&tab=wl

    Link to a map with the intersections of Fair Oaks and Lies. I'm 99% sure, none of the homes seen on this map were here in 1966. At least the ones shown on and off Lies Rd to the east. They are all newer developments. Most of this area was still corn fields in 1966. I went to a Barn party in the early 80's a little further east, just east of Kuhn and Lies, on Lies, and it was still all corn fields then.

    If you follow Fair Oaks south to St. Charles Rd. just before North ave, you see Benjamin school just to the east of Fair Oaks. One of the articles said she attended Benjamin school. She wasn't found far from her school at all.

    ETA: Even in this map there is still something being farmed on one corner of this intersection. Can't tell what it is from the map.
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    With no signs of molestation, its possible there were no fluids to collect (and from the description "icy ditch", its possible Debbie was found in water which would have hampered finding any other forensic evidence). However, I agree that it seems worthwhile to go back over the evidence collected and see what there is to see...

    Fibers were collected from Debbie's boots. These were stated to not be a match to fibers collected from inside Schofield's car. Then again, given the state of forensic science in 1966, the only analysis completed was most likely a visual comparison.

    Though I havent found it stated anywhere, I have to wonder if the Schofield home was searched and whether any other 'pornographic photographs' were located. Schofield's primary interest on the evening of Debbie's disappearance seemed to be destroying the photos he had in his desk (and later, his wife had the same concern with the photos at home).
    The photos are repeatedly described as just that, photos, not clippings from magazines or other media. Who were the photos of? How did the wife know of them? Were they of her? If they were of other people (children possibly), was the wife involved in the taking of the photos?
    Schofield drove Debbie home on several occasions...Were the photos of her? Schofield said of himself that he was "sick" in regard to a "sexual problem". Would he (or his wife) be so concerned with photos taken of the wife, photos taken between two consenting adults? Would that warrant being called a "sickness"?

    I don't think so.

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    Having read only the bits of the paid newspaper articles that are free, one mentioned LS burned the clothing he wore that day. His comment, he "could have done it", and that he was "sick" in regard to a "sexual problem" are odd. Why would anyone say that during an interogation? What was he feeling "sick" about? One article also mentioned LS studied for the priesthood. I can kind of understand some kind of sexual guilt having grown up Catholic during that time frame, but it still doesn't make sense to share that with LE during an interogation. Also, why would his wife help him destroy the photo's?

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    LE was very quick to charge LS. Only two days after the murder occured and mostly made on his statements. And that he failed 6 lie detector tests all taken willingly. A bit of a paid article ( didn't read the whole thing ) said LS gave conflicting statements about his route to and from the school.

    I sure wish we knew what his address was back then. I'd love to look at a map and see what looks logical for the drive. Especially being local to the story.

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