Ohio authorities hope to solve a murder mystery that has eluded them for over 60 years following a breakthrough in the tragic case of 14-year-old Nancy Eagleson. With the help of forensic artistry, a composite sketch of the suspected killer has been produced, based on memories from Eagleson’s sister, Sheryl.
On the evening of Nov. 13, 1960, Nancy Eagleson and her 5-year-old sister were making their way home from a movie theater in Paulding. After stopping for a soda, they were approached by a white male driver who offered them a lift. Nancy’s refusal led to her forceful abduction, leaving Sheryl behind. Tragically, Nancy’s body was discovered the next day in a nearby forest, having suffered from gunshot wounds and sexual assault.
Drawing upon her memories, Sheryl described the suspect as a medium-built adult white male, dressed formally, wearing horn-rimmed glasses, and driving a dark sedan. A forensic artist from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation used Sheryl’s account to create two composite sketches, one showing generic facial features due to the limitations of Sheryl’s recollections.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said, “This man was seared into the memory of a young girl who survived a heinous crime many years ago.” He expressed hope that the sketches, brought to life through Sheryl’s memories and modern forensic artistry, might lead to identifying the suspect.
The Paulding County Sheriff, Jason Landers, praised Sheryl’s recollections and said he hopes the sketch prompts someone to come forward with information.
The case, which had somewhat faded from public memory, resurfaced recently when Eagleson’s body was exhumed for advanced forensic testing. A documentary released in February by CBS affiliate WTOL-11 reignited interest in the case and even suggested possible involvement of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office in a cover-up, although this claim remains unverified.
As the investigation continues, anyone with potential information is encouraged to contact the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office.