Administrator/True Crime Author
Donna G. Smith

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Lyon Sisters - 1975 Cold Case - Person of Interest Named in Maryland Kidnappings

The Montgomery County, Police Department-Cold Case Squad and FBI Agents in the Baltimore Division have named a person of interest in the disappearance of sisters, Sheila and Katherine Lyon, from a popular suburban Washington D.C. shopping center in 1975.

Sheila and Katherine Lyons were last seen just after 2:00 p.m., walking between Wheaton Plaza and their home, only half a mile away. Their mother told them to be home by 4:00 that afternoon, but they never returned. They disappeared without a trace, and have not been heard from since.

Investigators say Lloyd Lee Welch, dob: 12/30/1956, aka: Michael Welch, was noticed paying attention to the sisters the afternoon they disappeared. Welch, a convicted sex offender, has been in prison in Delaware since 1997. He traveled extensively throughout the U.S. from the 70’s through the mid 90’s. Welch worked as a ride operator for a carnival company, often set up at malls. He was arrested in several states, charged with sexual offenses against young girls.

Click here for Information Package – Important Facts in Lyon Sisters Investigation

FBI & Montgomery County, Maryland Press Release

There may be victims who have not come forward. The information you provide could be vital in our search for evidence, and put to rest difficult questions for the Lyon family and for any other victims who may exist,” said Steve Vogt, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Maryland.

Anyone who may have encountered Michael Welch is asked to call investigators at
1- 800-CALL-FBI