FBI: Human remains belong to fugitive Donald Eugene Webb
By: Kirsten Glavin
NORTH DARTMOUTH, M.A. (WLNE) — Officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) confirmed early Friday afternoon that the human remains found in the backyard of North Dartmouth home belong to long-time fugitive Donald Eugene Webb.
Authorities from the Massachusetts and Pennsylvania State Police, as well as members of the FBI were investigating the yard of a home on Maplecrest Drive, about a quarter mile away from Dartmouth Middle School.
Investigators said the remains show that Webb had passed seventeen years ago in 1999.
“Webb was one of the longest tenured fugitives ever to appear on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list,” said a spokesperson for the FBI.
“He was added to the list on May 4, 1981 and removed on March 31, 2007. Webb was being sought in connection with the murder of Police Chief Gregory Adams of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania. He was also the only fugitive in the U.S. wanted for the murder of a police chief.”
Webb is accused of killing Adams during a traffic stop back in 1980.
Authorities were working very privately behind the home for hours on Thursday, where lights and what appeared to be digging were seen.
The home belongs to Donald Eugene Webb's wife, Lillian Webb, whose location is unknown at this time.
Back in June, it was reported that police searched inside the home, and found a hidden room where officials believe his wife hid him.
“State police detectives assigned to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office obtained a search warrant – as part of a separate investigation – that led to the discovery of Webb’s body on the property. The search warrant was executed by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, the FBI, Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, Pennsylvania State Police, and other personnel assigned to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner,” said further statement from the FBI.
“We're beyond proud of the efforts by the FBI, Pennsylvania State Police, and Massachusetts State Police in doggedly working to resolve this case. The biggest question in the history of Saxonburg has been answered. Our thoughts are with the family and we hope this eases their minds, if even only slightly. While the hurt will continue, at least doubt about what happened that day has been eliminated,” said Saxonburg Police Chief Joseph Beachem.
The investigation is ongoing, and no further information is available at this time.