Two local cases that have gone cold are receiving new attention on the Illinois State Police “Unsolved Crimes” web page. Both cases are homicide investigations, and detectives are hopeful that someone will come forward with that one piece of information that solves these cases.
The first unsolved homicide occurred in early September of 1974. A 16 year old high school student in Atkinson, IL named Mary Ann Becker was found dead inside her home. The initial investigation involved multiple police agencies, but the case has remained unsolved.
The ISP Cold Case web page for this case, including a picture of Mary Ann, is available here.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Special Agent Brian Masters, Illinois State Police, at 309-752-4915 ext. 4934, or PSA Larry Kot, Illinois State Police, at 847-608-3230. Callers can also report tips to Henry County Crime Stoppers at 800-227-2324.
The second case happened in early July of 2003. An East Moline woman was reported missing, and four days later the body of 47 year old Jone Knapton was discovered in the Green River in rural Henry County. Again, a multi-agency task force investigated, but the case has remained unsolved.
The ISP Cold Case web page for this case, including a picture of Jone, is available here.
Anyone having information concerning this case is asked to contact the Illinois State Police M/Sgt. Chris Endress 309-752-4928, the Quad Cities Crime Stoppers: (309)-762-9500, or Henry County Crime Stoppers: 800-227-2324.
As with all unsolved felonies, any caller to Crime Stoppers with information that leads to an arrest in either of these cases could be eligible for a reward of up to $1000 in cash.