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|Posted: Mon Mar 4th, 2019 12:28 pm||
|The Sacramento Bee, in collaboration with the Fresno and Modesto Bee, has released a very interesting two-part article about the Yuba city 5. The case of course has been one of the hottest mysteries on the internet over the past couple of years. Also known as the "American Dyatlov Pass Incident":
On February 24, 1978, a group of five friends attend a college basketball game at California State University, Chico. While the media and police would describe them as “boys”, the four men ranged in age from 24 and 34. However, they were mildly mentally disabled and were supposedly dependent on family. After the game, which ended with their favorite team UC Davis winning, they stop by a convenience store to buy snacks for their trip home to Yuba City which was roughly 50 miles away. None of the five would ever be seen alive again after this point.
Now, new evidence has created speculation that one of the missing 5 men may have actually killed some of the others and then vanished himself.
Part One of the Bee Series: https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article226777394.html
Part Two of the Bee Series: https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article226544615.html
Found still smoldering and later identified by a ring and a fingerprint, the body of fifteen-year-old David Eyman, was discovered in a Missouri ditch near Kansas City on August 14, 1974.
Eyman was found tied up “similar to the way a steer might be bound in a rodeo,” according to The Star at the time. A small amount of pot was found in his back pocket, though his wallet was missing. His body was unrecognizable from the burns.
He was later identified by a silver-and-turquoise ring and by matching a fingerprint.
The investigation into Eyman’s death was handled by the 25-person Metropolitan Major Case Squad for nine days, longer than the five days that was typical at the time. Before the case was handed off to the crimes against persons unit, and then declared a cold case, the Metro Squad interviewed the Raymore officer.
The officer had reported Eyman’s burning body around 3:45 a.m. to the Kansas City Police Department, rather than to the Raymore police chief, as he had been instructed. For that, he was later fired.
Because the officer had a record of discovering more fires of suspicious origin than any other law enforcement officer in the area, he was called in for questioning about the murder. Unnamed sources within the Metro Squad told The Star in 1979 they thought the Raymore officer had murdered Eyman.
The strongest evidence to support the belief was the result of a polygraph test indicating the officer was involved in the murder, according to the 1979 Star report. Missouri law required both parties to consent to the admission of those results in court, so the case never went forward. Polygraph tests vary widely in their reliability.
In 1979, a Star reporter interviewed the officer. He denied involvement with the crime, saying “there was nothing to confess to.” He described himself as a “dedicated officer,” and said his record of finding suspicious fires was due to his work ethic.
“When I was out, I worked,” he said. “I didn’t sit around drinking coffee like some of them.”
Right after David’s death, there had been a frantic year or two when Wanda Eyman made a determined effort to uncover the truth.
Then their mother shut it all off. No one talked about it. The family didn’t even keep any pictures of David on the walls.
The only clue Rosemann has for why her mother abruptly quit talking to anyone appeared in a Star article two years after the killing. She declined to be quoted anymore, saying, “I have a daughter I want to protect.”
“What was everyone afraid of?” Rosemann wondered now, 44 years later. “’I need to protect my daughter’ — from what?”
Biker gangs, perhaps.
That was one of the leads Wanda Eyman chased in the search for her son’s killer.
Rosemann knows this now because when she began asking around her family about her brother’s death, her older sister gave Rosemann a large sack, untouched for years, filled with their mother’s detective work.
All those nights she was on the phone, Wanda Eyman scrawled out notes seemingly on anything within her reach — paper plates, used envelopes, notebook paper . . .
Her cursive was rushed but neat. She was asking about the Missing Links bikers, and she listed names such as “Fat Charlie” and “Snake.”
She made notes about the man the police identified as their suspect.
Two years after David was killed, the suspected officer told The Star in an interview that investigators grilled him with theories that David Eyman’s death arose out of a sexual assault, or that the officer hit David with his vehicle and panicked.
None of it was true, he said.
Police detectives never had enough to make a case. Prosecutors filed no charges and Wanda Eyman, Rosemann can only guess, was devastated.