Last night, as children were celebrating Halloween in customary fashion by dressing in costume and visiting door-to-door, tragedy struck a local family, as 15 year old Judith Myers was murdered in her bedroom at 45 Lampkin Lane by an unknown assailant.
Her parents, Donald and Edith Myers, had spent the evening with close friends, leaving Judith to look after her 6 year old brother, Michael. When they arrived home, they found young Michael standing in front of the house, dazed but unharmed. They were alarmed, however, to see that clutched in his tiny hand was a large kitchen knife.
As Mrs. Myers carried her son into the house, Mr. Myers called out to his daughter. Receiving no answer, he hurried up the stairs to her bedroom, where he discovered her lying on the floor, unconscious and bleeding. She was pronounced dead on the scene.
Sheriff Ron Barstow remarked that in his 26 years of public service, he had never seen anything so horrible. "It's the kind of thing you hope you'll never see," he said, "and I hope I'll never see anything like it again."
Based on information obtained from Judith Myers' friends, the Sheriff's Department has been actively seeking Daniel Hodges, a 17 year old boyfriend of the victim whom they believe was present at the Myers home last night, possibly at the time of the attack. He has been alternately described as the Department's "only lead" and their "primary suspect."
Young Michael Myers, the only known witness to the attack, has remained in a state of shock, and has been unable to aid police in the investigation of his sister's death. "He's rattled," said Sheriff Barstow, "but we hope that he'll come around. His parents are just thankful that he's alive."