Sources confirm body found Thursday was suspect

Sources confirm body found Thursday was suspect

Authorities searching for evidence in a decades-long quest to find the man wanted in the slaying of a Pennsylvania police chief in 1980 have recovered what they believe to be human remains in MA.

CBS Pittsburgh reports investigators spent the day digging in the backyard of Donald Webb's ex-wife's house in MA, where they found what is believed to be human remains.

An autopsy was being performed Friday to establish if they are the remains of career criminal Donald Eugene Webb.

Webb became one of the longest-appearing fugitives on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.

An attorney for the chief's family explained what was found inside Lillian Webb's home.

For more than 17 years, the fugitive Donald Eugene Webb's body laid in a shallow grave behind a shed at his wife's home in North Dartmouth, Mass.

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Little is known about Webb's whereabouts from the time of the murder until his own death, which officials now believe occurred in 1999.

"Although it's unfortunate Mr. Webb will never be brought to justice to pay for his crimes, we're hopeful the (Adams) family can find some closure in knowing that this alleged murderer has been located", Harold Shaw, the FBI's special agent in charge in Boston, said in a statement.

Webb was never apprehended after being charged with first-degree murder, and investigators now believe he died in 1999, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Mary Ann Jones, Adams' widow, told Channel 11 she didn't realize how emotional it would be to relive all of this.

She had led authorities to discover his body. "I would punch her for what she put my family through". In addition, Jones told the AP, agents found a "secret room" in the home with a cane. Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for the Bristol County District Attorney's Office in MA said Webb's cause of death has not yet been determined, but it "does not appear his death was the result of a violent act". He was added to the list on May 4, 1981, and removed from it on March 31, 2007.

Saxonburg Mayor Bill Gillespie confirmed Friday that the remains found Thursday were Webb. He was also the only fugitive in the United States wanted for the murder of a police chief.

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