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

Discussion in 'Cold Cases' started by Marilynilpa, May 26, 2008.

  1. Marilynilpa

    Marilynilpa New Member

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    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/2008/05/01/news/local/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.
     
  2. SteveHuff

    SteveHuff The Websleuther formerly known as misterallgood

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

    http://www.truecrimereport.com/2008/09/her_name_was_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.
     
  3. Mr. E

    Mr. E New Member

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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?
     
  4. kline

    kline New Member

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    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)
     
  5. shadowangel

    shadowangel Black cats consider me unlucky.

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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.
     
  6. kline

    kline New Member

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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.
     
  7. imamaze

    imamaze Former Member

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    kline New Member

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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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