ISP Special Agents Profiled for Solving 55 Year Old Murder of Maria Ridulph
Chicago – The recently solved cold case murder of Maria Ridulph will be featured on CBS’ 48 Hours on Saturday, March 9, at 9:00 p.m. central time. In 1957, Ridulph was kidnapped from a street corner while playing near her home in Sycamore, Illinois. Five months later, her decomposed body was discovered in a field over 100 miles away from her home.
Without enough evidence, the Ridulph case went cold for 55 years until Illinois State Police (ISP) investigators were contacted with new information by the half-sister of Jack McCullogh, the man eventually arrested and convicted of the murder. Following up on the information provided by McCullough’s sister, ISP special agents were able to gather enough evidence to obtain a warrant for McCullogh’s arrest and he was later taken into custody in Seattle, Washington in July 2011.
In September 2012, Jack McCullogh, who was 17 at the time, was convicted of the 1957 murder, kidnapping and abduction of Maria Ridulph. The Ridulph case gained national attention and is believed to be the oldest cold case brought to trial in United States history.
In October 2012, the ISP special agents that helped solve the Ridulph case were honored for their outstanding investigative work during an awards ceremony in Oakbrook, Illinois.