Lyon Case Survey There have been many discussions, debates, and theories expressed over the years regarding the disappearance of Sheila and Katherine Lyon. Their case has remained open and unsolved for 36 years. This thread is a survey asking for your opinions, theories, suggestions, and questions. Of course, the official police files are not available to us, but we have the benefit of reading numerous press articles, website links, and previous posts here on Websleuths regarding this case. The questions that I pose here have all been asked before, but not in this fashion. By their very nature, the questions are controversial and somewhat subjective. I tried to cover different aspects of the case as presented in these threads. Some have expressed strong opinions about certain subjects (such as TRM or the Tan Ford) in the past. My questions are not intended to insult anyone or to criticize any previous postings. There are no right or wrong answers, only your personal opinions and insight. I ask that posters refrain from criticism of others or from argument in this thread. There is plenty of room for discussion and debate in the other threads. Try to approach this exercise from the perspective of a newly assigned Cold Case officer taking a fresh look at the file and trying to formulate a plan of action toward resolution. I feel that these are some of the questions that would need to be asked. Feel free to answer as briefly or in as much detail as you wish. If you are undecided or have no opinion on a question, so state, or just skip it. -------------------------------------------------------------- Survey Questions: 1. The Official Police File: If you could see one document, report, interview, or witness statement in the Lyon Sisters' case file, what would it be and why? 2. Eyewitness Statements: If you were an official investigator on this case, what one eyewitness would you most want to locate and re-interview? What question(s) would you want to ask? 3. Connected Cases: Police have never connected the Lyon case with any other cases. However, a number of other cases have been mentioned in this topic area as being similar to or possibly connected to the disappearance of Sheila and Kate. Do you feel that there are any other cases which might have a connection? If so, which one(s) and why do you think so? 4. Suspects: Of all the potential suspects and persons of interest discussed on this board, which (if any) do you feel most strongly about? That is, who seems a more likely suspect? 5. Clues: What do you feel are the most important clues or evidence in this case? 6. Abduction Theories: There are many theories and possibilities discussed as to what happened to Sheila and Kate, such as they ran away, or were abducted. If you believe that they were abducted, do you feel that there was only one abductor, or more than one? Do you feel that the perpetrator(s) initially used Deception or Force to abduct the girls? 7. Location: Do you have any ideas or theories as to where the girls (or their bodies) are now? 8. Tape Recorder Man (TRM): There has been a lot of discussion about an unidentified man with a tape recorder who was seen by two boys in Wheaton Plaza speaking with Sheila and Kate Lyon shortly before they went missing. Several other witnesses came forward to state that they had seen the same or a similar Tape Recorder Man on previous occasions at Wheaton Plaza and at other Maryland Malls. Do you think there was only one TRM, or more? Do you think that the Tape Recorder Man seen talking with Sheila and Kate had anything to do with their disappearance? 9. The Tan Ford Station Wagon: Two weeks after the girls went missing, witnesses in Manassas, Virginia saw a Tan Ford Station Wagon driven by a man with a girl (or girls) bound and gagged in the back. The vehicle ran a red light and drove off at high speed. How strongly do you feel that this was a true sighting of the Lyon Sisters - as opposed to a misunderstood/unrelated incident, a separate/different abduction case, or a staged hoax? 10. Questions: If you could ask ONE question of investigators, suspects, witnesses, or anyone regarding this case, what would it be and who would you ask?