Jack McCullough Charged With Murder in a 1957 Sycamore Murder

SYCAMORE (WIFR) -- Jack McCullough, a resident in Seattle, Washington was arrested on Wednesday and is being charged with the murder of a seven year old grl who vanished from her neighborhood in Sycamore back in 1957.

Maria Ridulph was playing near her home in Sycamore with a friend the day she was abducted. Authories found her remains six months later in Jo Daviess county. At the time, this case received national attention from both the FBI and President Eisenhower who requested daily updates on the case, which went cold after McCullough, who was one of the suspects joined the military and changed his name.

Jack Daniel McCullough or John Tessier as he has been know as since the late 1950's is being charged with murder and is currently being held in the King County Jail in Seattle, Washington where bail has been set at three million dollars.

At the request of the Dekalb County State's Attorney's Office the Ridulph family has chosen to decline commenting on the arrest. But the State's Attorney's Office hope this news will bring some closure to the family

The two year investigation was conducted by the Illinois State Police with the help of local law encforment in Sycamore and Seatttle. Jack McCulough who is currently 71 years old now awaits extradition to Dekalb County.


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