Cumberland Times-News

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February 11, 2014

Person of interest is child sex offender - 02/12

GAITHERSBURG (AP) — It’s been nearly 40 years since sisters Sheila and Katherine Lyon paid a weekday visit to a Maryland shopping mall — and never returned home.

On Tuesday, police in Montgomery County announced a potential breakthrough in the case, saying they had identified a new person of interest — a convicted child sex offender in a Delaware prison.

Police said they’ve established that 57-year-old Lloyd Lee Welch was at the mall the day the girls, ages 12 and 10, vanished and was seen paying attention to them. Welch was a former ride operator for a carnival company and a drifter, police said.

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