Cold Case: Lyon Sisters Disappearance

Cold Case: Lyon Sisters Disappearance

There are 94 comments on the WUSA Washington, DC story from Feb 17, 2008, titled Cold Case: Lyon Sisters Disappearance. In it, WUSA Washington, DC reports that:

Age : 10 years old Height and Weight : 4'8; 85 pounds Distinguishing Characteristics : Blonde hair; blue eyes.

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Joe Probus

Takoma Park, MD

#43 Feb 9, 2010
Jr Burdinski was the boy who went missing in the early 90s
Lynn Wilkinson

Catonsville, MD

#44 Feb 22, 2010
I was a young mother who lived in Silver Spring, Maryland at the time that horrible event occurred and I have never gotten it out of my mind. I still pray for the Lyon family and I sincerely hope that one day that case will be solved. I'm a grandmother now and it's still hurts my heart to think of that family tragedy.
Debbie

Upper Marlboro, MD

#45 Mar 23, 2010
I was only around 10 and remember this very well. I have thought about the girls ever since till this day. You both will never be forgotten and hope you come home
Bozinthebeach

Lusby, MD

#46 Mar 24, 2010
I was 12 yrs. old and remember where I was when news came of the Lyon sisters. I, as well as everyone else who has posted, will always wonder what became of them. Of course, it being 30 something years since this happened, we can only assume the worst....sorry to say.
Back around this time, when I was 12, my sister who was 9 at the time was visiting my stepbrother who was 8, in Waldorf near Lisa Dr. We walked to the shopping center and as we were entering the center near the old Highs store, a dishelved man pulled up right beside us in an old Vega and said..."Hey, have you seen this girl?" I walked up to look at the photo. He proceeded to show me the photo. It was a a child porn snapshot., as if he took it himself. He then said..."How about this one?" He showed me three other snapshots of naked children. Me being the eldest kept my sis and bro at bay. I was terrified of what I was seeing!!! Little did I know, I could have been swept away just like that. This is the first time, on this post, I have ever mentioned this. I never told my sis, bro or anyone. I was so terrified I just wanted to get away from his car.

FYI......about the Lyon sisters.....I wonder if John Walsh can investigate further. I know years back he did a show about the girls. But NOW...he is trying to get the President to fund his program. Let's hope he has much success. After all.....he has been there...sadly to say.

When my son, John, he's 10yrs. old now, wonders, I do tell him about Adam Walsh. I tell him every detail especially what it did to his parents.

thanks for listening.
Kate Lyons classmate

Silver Spring, MD

#47 Mar 24, 2010
The disappearance of Kate and Sheila Lyon haunts me to this day. Kate was in my 4th grade class the year she disappeared. I will never forget Kate - she was such a sweet beautiful girl. That was a very tough time for all of us who went to school with them. I can't even imagine how her parent's go on. I used to walk that same path (sometimes with Kate) to go to Wheaton Plaza. It was safe back then - so we never thought much about it. That event has affected me, along with so many of us, in so many ways. I think about them alot and still hold out hope that somehow they are alive somewhere. I really didn't know Sheila, however, I do know that they also have 2 older brothers. One of them lives in my current neighborhood and he has 2 boys the same age as my boys are now. He works for a violent crimes unit with the county police....I guess that's not a surprise. My only hope is that the family can one day put closure to this horrible tragedy and the man who committed this crime pay for the rest of his life!!! They are (were) such a great family! I still hold out hope that one day they will find them. So sad....I actually still have the news clippings of when this happened. I remember watching the news every night - being scared to death - and looking at their pictures hoping they would show up at school one day. I still occasionally pull out the old newspapers read them and cry....So sad.
weblseuths sucks

Newark, DE

#48 Apr 21, 2010
Richard wrote:
Here is a link to a website called Websleuths. It has a feature section dedicated to the unsolved case of Sheila and Katherine Lyon who went missing from Wheaton Plaza on 25 March 1975.
The site includes many origional news reports from the time as well as numerous discussion topics concerning the case. It is from Websleuths where recent reporters on this subject have obtained much of their material.
http://www.websleuths.com/forums/forumdisplay...
Reporters do not get their info from that nasty ass site! Websleuths posters troll the net and other message boards, grab info and claim they found it. Websleuths is a joke and always will be. We are sick of seeing thir disgusting link posted all over the damn net.
Hagerstown

Hagerstown, MD

#49 Jun 5, 2010
I lived on Drumm Ave. and took the same path to the mall, it could have been me and my sister, as we are the same age. Went to blue birds with one of the sisters. This still affects me too. I think of them every time I hear an Amber alert or something. My prayers are always with the family.
Eileen

AOL

#50 Jul 16, 2010
At the time the Lyon's girls dissapeared I lived in Kensington. I had 3 daughters and a son. I had always told my girls that there was safety in numbers, never to walk alone. That ended when the girls dissapeard. My inacese as a parent was gone. All my LOVE to the parents.
facts needed

Shelton, CT

#51 Jul 28, 2010
I was 12 myself when this happened. I lived in Camp Springs when this happened. It was such big news that I was later surprised that friends outside the DC area had never heard of it. Things where so different then. Maybe if it had been the nation news and hunt that things are today, maybe things might have been different. At least maybe the parents would have an answer. As a parent now myself I would want that. 35 years...I remember so much of it. For months my parents would not allow my older sister even stay at home alone, or really do anything outside the house. There was such fear that ripped through that area. My dad mentioned there was an article this past spring in the DC area about 35 years ago...made me think and look this up. Still makes me sade.
edna

AOL

#52 Sep 3, 2010
For whatever reason, the story of the Lyon sisters has always bothered my husband and me. EEvery child abduction is horrible but this one has stayed with us fro whatever reason. About every two years or so, one of us will bring it up and wish that some new information will surface and the two girls can be located. Has the story ever been on one of the true crime shows that asks for information, like John Walsh's show? Our prayers still go out to the girls and their family.
John_Doe

Mobile, AL

#53 Sep 3, 2010
Gail, I too grew up in Carole Highlands and I remember the same thing happen to me and my friend probably in the same area. We were also walking back from langley park behind the elementary school in the ball field and there was a man their who exposed himself. It was reported to the police but nothing was ever done about it. I was about 10 or 11. However this was at least 10 years before the lyon sister.

Gail wrote:
I often think the police chased wrong leads. I lived in Takoma Park, in an area known as Carole Highlands. One day, when I was 12 or 13, my best friend and I were walking back from langley park when a man (late 20s early 30s) with black styled hair, handsome, in a black sports car pulled his car in to block our path, between two buildings, with an alley that led to a back area, bordered by woods that had a path that led to our neighborhood. Anyway, he flirted with us. He was smooth. Charming. Said he was just going to move the car into the back alley area and for us to follow to where we could talk some more. He seemed so nice, so handsome, and so flattering, and I was so young and stupid, my world relatively safe, we almost fell for it and started to follow! My friend caught my arm and said she had a bad feeling. And as if we finally came to our senses, we ran. Entered the woods from another area behind a laundry mat and ran all the way to the elementary school, then home. The timing is important here, About a week later we were riding our bikes through the same connecting woods in an area we had never been in before because it was dense and out of the way from the main path and came across a big deep recently dug hole. So deep that if you fell in you would not be able to get out. We got our parents who thought it was very strange, and they called other people to come look at it. Alerted the principal of the school I think, and the adults worked to fill the hole in. This hole took a lot of work and was not the kind of thing a kid could do. About a week, maybe two later, the Lyons sisters disappeared. From a shopping center less than a mile away, with a similar woods pattern between the stores and the homes. We were 2 girls, together. They were two girls together. I always felt we may have met the man who did this but it just didn't work out with us. If he had gotten us to that hole and covered it up, we would not have been found either. It was that deep. I always wondered if the man in the car and the hole might be connected and if all this could be connected to the Lyon sisters. A stragic path through the woods that young girls would walk in the middle of the day, handsome man very approachable and charming (you wanted this man's attention), an area so close to the public it seemd safe and yet out of view with an escape route and a disposal system set up before there was a victim. I've always had a gut feeling we may have met the person who did this. We did tell police, but they determined it wasn't connected. Not so sure.
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I agree with you. You couldn't have said it better than this.
Sue

AOL

#54 Oct 6, 2010
The girls' disappearance was an awful 12th birthday gift for me - my mother still talks about the event and how it happened on my birthday. This will probably never be resolved, but I think someone, somewhere knows something - my hope is that one day they will tell what they know.
Merry Monkey

Greenwood, NE

#55 Feb 20, 2011
Richard wrote:
Here is a link to a website called Websleuths. It has a feature section dedicated to the unsolved case of Sheila and Katherine Lyon who went missing from Wheaton Plaza on 25 March 1975.
The site includes many origional news reports from the time as well as numerous discussion topics concerning the case. It is from Websleuths where recent reporters on this subject have obtained much of their material.
http://www.websleuths.com/forums/forumdisplay...
Here we go with yet another websleuths poster posting that web link all over the net. Why in the hell are you falsely claiming that reporters get their info from that site! You need Mental Health counseling as well as all the other websleuth members need. In no way shape or form do any reporters get their info from that place you imbecile. That website goes to every website that contains a message board, finds threads on missing person cases and any other crime case they can find and then they post what they find from those sites on websleuths lying that they came up with the info.
That link that you posted is a link to a thread that you started and there is nothing at all anywhere in that thread where any reporter used info on that case. As I said before, reporters have not used any info from anywhere on that website. I clicked on that link and the only reference to websleuths was a link on the comment part of a blogger posting about the Wheaton Plaza Mall! A websleuth member posted a link to websleuths on that comment section there. Here is the comment that a websleuth member posted way down the comments on that page. Just one example of how they stalk on the net. Here it is. Anne
March 22nd, 2009 at 12:18 am

Wow, there are a lot of memories here … I worked at Wheaton Plaza in the late ’70s in Bo Peep; it was a specialty kids’ clothing store near Wards. Spencer’s was a fun place to get cool gifts, and Farrell’s was a blast with the huge drum that they’d bang on while singing Happy Birthday to someone. I also remember a lamp store between Wards and the movie theater. They had fireworks on the Fourth of July behind Woodies when I was growing up, too. We usually got food at Arthur Treachers because it was a little creepy to go into The Orange Bowl for Orange Juliuses and pizza after the Lyon sisters disappeared. The last time that I was there, the place was saturated with illegal immigrants and accompanying gang activity, and I wouldn’t go back there now. If anyone wants to follow up on the Lyon sisters’ case, here’s the webpage for the link: http://websleuths.com/forums/forumdisplay.php... . Thanks for the memories!
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Here is the link to the crap that Richard claims that websleuths was mentioned in an article. That article was posted on a news site by a blogger about a mall and the poster commenting on that blogger article is a websleuths member posting a websleuths link. As usual and as I said, posting that damn link anywhere and everywhere on the net. Pathetic group of people on that websleuth website!
http://www.labelscar.com/maryland/westfield-w...
angry

Frostburg, MD

#56 Mar 16, 2011
I see the parents of the Lyon girls everytime I go to the Knights of Columbus in Silver Spring, MD. You think you feel bad, when you see the expression these parents have in their eyes there is nothing in the world to describe it, they live with it 24/7. The only peace they will get is when they die.
nancy

Bel Air, MD

#57 Mar 18, 2011
Gail wrote:
I often think the police chased wrong leads. I lived in Takoma Park, in an area known as Carole Highlands. One day, when I was 12 or 13, my best friend and I were walking back from langley park when a man (late 20s early 30s) with black styled hair, handsome, in a black sports car pulled his car in to block our path, between two buildings, with an alley that led to a back area, bordered by woods that had a path that led to our neighborhood. Anyway, he flirted with us. He was smooth. Charming. Said he was just going to move the car into the back alley area and for us to follow to where we could talk some more. He seemed so nice, so handsome, and so flattering, and I was so young and stupid, my world relatively safe, we almost fell for it and started to follow! My friend caught my arm and said she had a bad feeling. And as if we finally came to our senses, we ran. Entered the woods from another area behind a laundry mat and ran all the way to the elementary school, then home. The timing is important here, About a week later we were riding our bikes through the same connecting woods in an area we had never been in before because it was dense and out of the way from the main path and came across a big deep recently dug hole. So deep that if you fell in you would not be able to get out. We got our parents who thought it was very strange, and they called other people to come look at it. Alerted the principal of the school I think, and the adults worked to fill the hole in. This hole took a lot of work and was not the kind of thing a kid could do. About a week, maybe two later, the Lyons sisters disappeared. From a shopping center less than a mile away, with a similar woods pattern between the stores and the homes. We were 2 girls, together. They were two girls together. I always felt we may have met the man who did this but it just didn't work out with us. If he had gotten us to that hole and covered it up, we would not have been found either. It was that deep. I always wondered if the man in the car and the hole might be connected and if all this could be connected to the Lyon sisters. A stragic path through the woods that young girls would walk in the middle of the day, handsome man very approachable and charming (you wanted this man's attention), an area so close to the public it seemd safe and yet out of view with an escape route and a disposal system set up before there was a victim. I've always had a gut feeling we may have met the person who did this. We did tell police, but they determined it wasn't connected. Not so sure.
I am sure your experience was connected. Back then police didn't have the resources that they have today.
nancy

Bel Air, MD

#58 Mar 18, 2011
After all these years I still look up the lyon sisters. My niece was born the day they disappeared. I have a male friend who lived in the area and was about 12 at the time. He was in a shopping center arcade when a man approached him and asked him to come outside with him. Fortunately my friend declined. I cannot believe that TWO little girls could disappear off the face of the earth without anyone seeing anything.
nancy

Bel Air, MD

#59 Mar 18, 2011
Did anyone see the man with the tape recorder after the girls left the shopping center? When did he leave? I really believe that he followed them and told them lies to get them into his car. Like they were the winner of the answering machine contest etc. He waited until they were alone, not in public. They had already had contact with him in the mall so they probably had an ounce of trust in him. Probably happy that they had won something. It is so sad that we have to take our childrens innocence away and scare them into not speaking to people. I just wish that Sheila and Katherine would have known this.
nancy

Bel Air, MD

#60 Mar 18, 2011
Sue wrote:
The girls' disappearance was an awful 12th birthday gift for me - my mother still talks about the event and how it happened on my birthday. This will probably never be resolved, but I think someone, somewhere knows something - my hope is that one day they will tell what they know.
I can imagine how your mother feels. It could have been any child or you. It haunts me to this day. I lived in Md at the time but not directly in the area. I really believe the girls are dead. It has been too long. Such a sad story.
nancy

Bel Air, MD

#61 Mar 18, 2011
Kate Lyons classmate wrote:
The disappearance of Kate and Sheila Lyon haunts me to this day. Kate was in my 4th grade class the year she disappeared. I will never forget Kate - she was such a sweet beautiful girl. That was a very tough time for all of us who went to school with them. I can't even imagine how her parent's go on. I used to walk that same path (sometimes with Kate) to go to Wheaton Plaza. It was safe back then - so we never thought much about it. That event has affected me, along with so many of us, in so many ways. I think about them alot and still hold out hope that somehow they are alive somewhere. I really didn't know Sheila, however, I do know that they also have 2 older brothers. One of them lives in my current neighborhood and he has 2 boys the same age as my boys are now. He works for a violent crimes unit with the county police....I guess that's not a surprise. My only hope is that the family can one day put closure to this horrible tragedy and the man who committed this crime pay for the rest of his life!!! They are (were) such a great family! I still hold out hope that one day they will find them. So sad....I actually still have the news clippings of when this happened. I remember watching the news every night - being scared to death - and looking at their pictures hoping they would show up at school one day. I still occasionally pull out the old newspapers read them and cry....So sad.
It must have been hard being a classmate. It is hard enough being an adult bearing this but a child is worse. I would love to see the news clippings. My niece was born the same day that they disappeared. I also live in Md so it has haunted me. There were a couple kidnappings at that time in that area. I will never forget Elizabeth Ann Metzler.
truth justice

Atlanta, GA

#62 Mar 24, 2011
Skunk Cabbage wrote:
I remember the case also. It seemed like the first case I can remember. I know the sisters were from Maryland but every time I would drive past Lyon Village along rt.29 I thought about those sisters. If this Coffey guy is a suspect, I am sure the police took his DNA. Of course, that's not much good if there's no evidence to match it in the evidence. A shame, this is another case like many others which go unsolved. Always remember, it's not just "cold case" detectives who look into old cases. The old fashioned cop will still pull out a folder and go over a case to see if something clicks.
Every Detective I know has one special case that he works on in his spare time

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