Va. Sheriff: ‘Forensic Dig’ Underway For Missing Maryland Sisters

Katherine, left, and Sheila Lyon vanished 40 years ago from a Maryland shopping center.

A Virginia sheriff says new information has prompted state and federal authorities to search a specific mountain location for the remains of two Maryland sisters who disappeared 40 years ago.

Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown describes the operation on Taylor’s Mountain as a “forensic dig.” He says a Federal Bureau of Investigation evidence recovery team and a Radford University forensic pathologist have joined state and local investigators.

At a news conference Monday, Brown declined to say what new evidence led investigators to the location.

Ten-year-old Katherine Lyon and 12-year-old Sheila Lyon disappeared in 1975 after walking to a shopping mall in Wheaton, Maryland.

A Hyattsville, Maryland, woman has been charged with lying to a grand jury about the case. Her husband and his nephew have been named persons of interest.

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