SPOKANE (AP) — An aroused police force vowed today to find the killer of Candy Rogers, a 9-year-old Campfire girl whose ravished body was found in a clump of woods after a 16-day search.
"We'll put every available man on the case and keep them there until the thing is solved," said Police Chief Clifford Payne, father of a daughter aged 9. "We know what we're looking for now. We're looking for a maniac."
He said it appeared the child had been picked up on the street corner, raped, strangled with a piece of her own slip, then buried under a pile of brush miles from town—all within a few hours 17 days ago.
Never before has Spokane or its 230-man police force been so stirred by a case. The pretty fourth-grader vanished March 6 while selling Campfire mints door to door near her home.
Police found six boxes of mints scattered near a bridge in the 12 hours that followed the disappearance, then ran into a blank wall despite 750 tips from substantial citizens, skid row bums and tea leaf readers. Three searchers in an Air Force helicopter were killed in a crash.
Thousands of volunteers combed the canyon below Candy's home, scoured along the banks of the canyon's Spokane River, checked garages, old cars and—with apologies before hand—home of reputable residents.
They found nothing. Television appeals by Catholic and Episcopal bishops produced not a trace. Then came an unexpected break. Two en-listed men from Fairchild Air Force Base, Howard S. Lawrence, 19, and Richard Bergan, 21, found a small pair of blue suede shoes Saturday while hunting woodchucks in remote woods 12 miles from town, northwest of where the search had been concentrated.
They told police, who checked the shoes with Candy's grandfather, S. E. Newton, a fuel dealer. He had seen them before At dawn Sunday, a half dozen officers gathered at the scene of the airmen's discovery. A patrolman spotted a knee sticking out from under a pile of faded pine needles. He brushed them away carefully.
"No use going any further—here she is," said Inspector Robert Piper, who personally had run down scores of fruitless leads since the search began.
Tri-City Herald, Monday March 23, 1959
As of today this case is still open and has not been solved.
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To the family of Candy Rogers,I was five years old when Candy was killed. My life was forever touched and changed by her death. My mother brought my older sister and me to Riverside Memorial Park several times to tell and re-tell the story. I thought abou...(Read more) -
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