Montgomery County police say they have a “significant development” in a 38-year-old cold case involving two young girls who disappeared from the Wheaton Shopping Plaza in 1975.
The two girls, Sheila Lyon, 12, and Katherine Lyon, 10, left their home on March 25, 1975 and walked to the Westfield Wheaton Shopping Plaza in Wheaton. The girls never returned home.
According to a police press release, Chief J. Thomas Manger will announce the development at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday in the girls’ disappearance. FBI Special Agent in Charge Steve Vogt will also attend the press conference, police said.
According to Montgomery County Police, the person they’ve identified in conjunction with the case is “a convicted child sex offender, is currently incarcerated, and had traveled extensively throughout the United States.”
The release calls the man a “person of interest,” but it does not say the man is believed to be behind the disappearance or why police are interested in the individual.
Police were not available to comment on the release or the case Monday evening. A spokesman from the FBI was also unavailable for comment.