A man pulled over on suspicion of possessing marijuana has been linked to the historic murders of two teenagers after police then searched his home and made a gruesome discovery.
Officers pulled over John Cyrus Gilbreath on June 12 in Texas, but when they searched his home, they found blood and a fingernail that could implicate him in the murders of Shane Stewart and his girlfriend, Sally McNelly, who were killed in 1988.
During the traffic stop, a passenger in Gilbreath’s car told officers that the 47-year-old San Angelo man was a drug distributor, the New York Daily News reports.
But when they searched his home police found three audio tapes with ‘SS’ on them, a lock of hair, as well as the blood and fingernail.
Now Gilbreath is a person of interest in the 29-year-old cold case.
Miss McNelly and Mr Stewart disappeared on July 4, 1988 after watching fireworks together at Lake Nasworthy in San Angelo, Texas.
Their bodies were found in November of that year near a resevoir.
Police thought the couple had both been shot, but did not have any more evidence about the crime.
On the 25th anniversary of their deaths, the teenagers’ parents released a video asking for the public’s help in locating the their killer.
Miss McNelly’s mother, Pat Wade, said in the video: “My mother was always very strong in her faith.
“She always felt that Sally and Shane would someday have justice, that their killers would be found.”
Mr Stewart’s father, Marshall Stewart, said: “It’s been a real tough 25 or so years.
“I could not imagine this happening to anyone. But it has happened and it does happen.
“And it’s just so saddening that it takes a long time to get cases solved.”
Original Article: The Mirror