- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 2, 2014

Authorities investigating the 1975 disappearance of two Montgomery County sisters on Thursday named a second person of interest in the case and announced that a grand jury hearing evidence in the case would convene Friday.

Investigators said they are now seeking further information about Richard Allen Welch Sr., who worked as a security guard in the Wheaton area where the Lyon sisters — 12-year-old Sheila and 10-year-old Katherine — were last seen. They had shared a pizza at the Orange Bowl in the Westfield Wheaton mall, formerly known as Wheaton Plaza, about a half-mile from their home before they went missing on March 25, 1975.

Mr. Welch is the uncle of Lloyd Lee Welch, a convicted and currently jailed sex offender who police previously identified as a person of interest in the case.

Montgomery County Assistant Police Chief Russell Hamill said Richard Allen Welch Sr. is alive and police know where he lives but they would like to hear from anyone who might remember details about his work at the time of the girls’ disappearance.

“We are asking people to come forward,” Chief Hamill said. “It’s now time for you to do the right thing.”

Chief Hamill said the elder Mr. Welch, who is in his 70s, may have owned property on Taylor Mountain in Bedford County, Virginia — the area where investigators have focused their search for the girls.

Randy Krantz, the commonwealth attorney for Bedford County also announced Thursday that a grand jury would begin hearing evidence in the case Friday. He said he expects the process to take several days but declined to comment further about the nature of what the grand jury would be investigating.

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