Thursday, August 09, 2001

Search of farm for body to go on




By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        VERONA — Boone County authorities say they will return to a rural tobacco farm next week to continue their search for the remains of Helen Marlene Major and the weapon used to kill her.

        Police found nothing during a second day of searching on Tuesday, said sheriff's spokesman Lt. Jack Banks.

[photo] William Major, shown in court Monday, is accused of killing his wife, Helen Marlene Major.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
| ZOOM |
        Forensic anthropologist Emily Craig of the state Medical Examiner's office in Frankfort was on hand Tuesday to help detectives look for the remains, reportedly dumped in a sinkhole on the 300-acre farm here 20 years ago.

        Lt. Banks said searchers spent most of the day surveying the land.

        A skull identified in July through DNA testing as Mrs. Major's was found by a hunter on the farm in 1981. Mrs. Major's husband, William Major, faces a charge of murder in the case.

        He was a handyman on the farm, owned by the Waller family.

        “We will quit looking when we exhaust all our leads,” said Lt. Banks. On Friday, divers were unable to find a murder weapon in a small pond on the farm.

        A search of a larger pond on the property nearly 20 years ago also turned up nothing.

        Mr. Major was arrested at his Fairhaven, Mass., home in June and brought back to Kentucky, where he faces the death penalty.

        Mr. Major has pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder.

        The case is now in the hands of a grand jury.
       

       



City to pay $700,000 settlement
Health risk high for shut-ins without air conditioning
Check older folks: Heat poses extra danger for them
Probation chief calls it quits
PULFER: Risky business
Farming becomes an endangered career
Main Street fest aims to lure people back
Proposal aims to tighten city council ethics policy
Spitter gets 8 months in jail
After seven decades, they're still together
Source for story need not be named
System of future in use at airport
Tristate A.M. Report
Disaster aid offices preparing to close
Eight vie for four seats in Lebanon
Mall roof removal starts today
Schools score victory on taxes
Suspects at large in Mosler embezzlement
Wire twisters become artists
$5M in thefts blamed on group
Caterpillars ravage Ohio in worst year on record
OhioReads gets surge of volunteers
Under bill, psychiatrist would OK RU-486
Henry objects to photos
Kentucky News Briefs
OxyContin use in Ky. doubled
- Search of farm for body to go on
Seniors picnic hot spot for politics
Teacher wins for natural idea