IN IN - Timothy Willoughby, 24, Mary Ann Higginbotham (fd dec'd), 22, Clayton, June 1978

Discussion in '1970's Missing' started by Tricia, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. Tricia

    Tricia Owner Websleuths.com Staff Member Administrator

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    Dear Everyone,

    The Higginbotham thread has been pulled from Websleuths for over a year.

    It got totally out of control. To the point that it was causing problems on and off the forum.

    I have been asked to put it back.

    Rather than try and figure out who said what about whom and what is true and what is not I decided we should try and start over.

    Please read over our rules if you are not sure what you can or cannot post. Here they are

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    Here is the first post from Celine in April 17, 2009 that started our discussion about Mary Ann.

     
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  3. Still_Seek_Answers

    Still_Seek_Answers Hope is our strength......love is our determinatio

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    I think you should tell the authorities what you suspect. Sometimes police officers can get information from those who are hesitant. Even if the third party decides to remain quiet......your mind is cleared because you have done all you can. Most important is that you know you are not helping anyone withhold information from the police that could help solve this murder. Honestly, I think you already know the answer, you know in your heart what is the right thing to do....follow that and you won't go wrong. Naturally, this is JMO.....
     
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    I want to thank Tricia for opening this thread back up. I regret that some information and suggestions have been lost from the original thread that was started in 2009. My original question "Was my friend the confidential informant?" took me on a journey of discovery through court documents, newspaper articles and also meeting with people that have ties to this case.

    I did find out for sure that my high school friend was not the confidential informant that called Indiana State Police in 1982.

    I will be going back through my notes and posting what has been saved from the original thread, newspaper articles and court documents.
     
  5. Cilene

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    The Banner Knightstown Indiana 1983
    Column published August 6, 2008

    This week in 1983
    Acting on a tip received from a caller in Connersville, Knightstown Police Department members arrested an Indiana man sought since may in connection with a double-murder that occurred in 1979. Law enforcement officers arrested James. L. Kellams, 37, as he drove on U.S. Hwy. 40 just east of Knightstown. Kellams had been charged with murder in the deaths of Mary Ann Higginbotham and Timothy Willoughby, of Clayton, IN. Assisting in the arrest was KPD Marshal Robert Bitler and deputies Danny Baker and Tom Nelson.
     
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    Thank god there are no statute of limitations for murder.
     
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    Happy Birthday Tim, We really thought by now, your remains would be found, its been 34 years and we still have no Justice. Gone but not forgotten, we will never give up, love you always.
     
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    :banghead::waitasec::waitasec:
    State Police Sgt.Frank Love, God rest his sole worked so hard to get indictments against these two men, ( James Kellams and Ronald Tomasik) Frank Love had a reliable informant that was very close to the situation, that could have only known the killers. The men asked for a speedy trial so the prosecutor needed more time , so it was handed off to the ISP and through the years different Detectives from the cold case units worked on it here and there, its been 34 years and there is still these two men(murderers) just living there lives like nothing ever happened, they murder two people , stuff them in barrels and just go on with life, like its nothing.
     
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    I hope people wont judge Tim ( Willoughby) by his involvement in this Auto Theft Ring, he was pretty young I believe 17 when he got involved with these people that he thought to be his friends. There is no excuse for doing illegal things , but Tim and Mary didn't deserve to pay with there lives for it.:please:
     
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    Never in a millon years did we think these two men Ronald Tomasik and James Kellams would NEVER go to trial for there crimes, but 34 years later they are still free as birds. Sometimes it makes you want to give up on the Justice System, why did it fail so badly.:waitasec:
     
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    This case is now on the :

    Unsolved Cold Case Homicides

    Indiana State Police

    District Investigative Commander

    8620 E. 21st Street

    Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

    Anyone with information on this case please contact the ISP at:

    1-317-899-8577 or 1-800-582-8440
     
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    No they did not have children together.
     
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    I have a neice who is 8. She is the spitting image of Mary Ann. Beautiful child. She even has a long neck like Mary Ann. I wonder if she was tall, because my niece is. I have always wondered what transpired with this case. I am friends with a lot of people from Plainfield Highschool. I wished the person who came forward would have done it sooner because evidence goes south when time goes by.
     

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