Police: Train ticket helps crack 1957 killing

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Investigators say an unused, unstamped train ticket helped lead to charges against a Seattle man in the abduction and killing of a 7-year-old Illinois girl in 1957.

DeKalb County prosecutors charged 71-year-old Jack Daniel McCullough on Friday with murdering Maria Ridulph, who was last seen playing with a friend near her home in Sycamore, about 50 miles west of Chicago. Her remains were found five months later.

McCullough claimed he took the train from Rockford to Chicago the day of the abduction. But The Seattle Times reports a woman who dated McCullough at the time last year found an unused, unstamped train ticket from Rockford to Chicago dated the day the girl went missing.

It's unclear whether McCullough has an attorney. He remains jailed in Seattle on $3 million bond.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com