A moment of silence was held over the weekend in Saxonburg to honor fallen police Chief Gregory Adams.
It was confirmed Friday that the man accused of killing Adams and running from police for decades is dead. The remains of Donald Eugene Webb were found last week on the property of his ex-wife in Massachusetts.
The FBI believe Webb passed away about 17 years ago in 1999. Webb’s ex-wife Lillian Webb had previously been questioned about the whereabouts of her once husband. Last month, the FBI’s Boston office offered a $100,000 reward for anyone who provided information leading to the arrest of recovery of the remains of Webb.
The discovery last week put to rest the longest running cold case involving a police chief in the country.
“It will answer that very big, unanswered question for Saxonburg,” Mayor Bill Gillespie said in an interview Friday morning before it was officially confirmed that the remains were Webb’s. “This is the closure that is needed for the community and his family.”
It’s unclear what led authorities to the backyard of the Webb home on Thursday. It’s also unclear whether anyone is in custody in connection to the buried remains.