ST. CHARLES, Ill. (AP) — A woman who was 8 years old when her best friend was abducted and killed 54 years ago says she’s “elated” that a suspect has been arrested and charged.
Now a grandmother, Kathy Chapman of St. Charles tells the Chicago Tribune that investigators of the 1957 killing of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph last year showed her a photo of suspect Jack Daniel McCullough as a teenager in a photo lineup.
Chapman says she pointed to him as the young man from her Sycamore neighborhood who offered a piggyback ride to her and Maria as the two girls played under a corner streetlight. Chapman says she ran home and never saw Maria again.
DeKalb County prosecutors charged McCullough on Friday in Maria’s death.
Chapman says McCullough “took away my best friend.”
Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com