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Thursday, July 28, 2011
BABY MARIA RIDULPH MURDER CASE: Seattle man accused in 1957 murder back in Illinois!
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By James B. Kelleher, Reuters / CHICAGO / Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:43am EDT.
Credit: Reuters/Marcus Donner.
Jack Daniel McCullough, accused of the 1957 abduction and murder of then seven-year-old Maria Ridulph of Sycamore, Illinois, appears at a hearing in King County Superior Court in Seattle, Washington on July 20, 2011 to waive his right to an extradition hearing /
(Reuters) - A Seattle man accused of killing a young Chicago-area girl five decades ago was back in Illinois on Wednesday as investigators exhumed the child's remains in search of forensic evidence to help convict him.
Jack McCullough, 71, a former police officer in Washington state, last week waived his right to challenge extradition. He was in custody in Illinois by Wednesday afternoon, said Monique Bond, the chief spokesman for Illinois State Police.
McCullough's return came as investigators were unearthing the remains of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph in Sycamore, Illinois, not far from where she disappeared in 1957. Ridulph's remains were found the following year more than 100 miles away.
Investigators hope modern-day forensic scientists may be able to uncover DNA evidence from the young girl's remains that could not be detected or analyzed back in 1958.
McCullough was arrested on June 29 in Seattle and charged in Washington state court with being a fugitive from justice. He had been held in lieu of $3 million bail in the King County jail.
On July 1, prosecutors in DeKalb County, Illinois, charged him with the girl's murder. Bond said McCullough would appear before a judge in DeKalb County for a bond hearing on Thursday.
So far, the case against him, as outlined in the charging documents, appears largely circumstantial.