"The lawsuit was dropped so they could get her to talk". Prosecutors in both MA and Pennsylvania confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that authorities have agreed not to prosecute Lillian Webb in the investigation.
It was a mystery in Saxonburg for almost 40 years.
Webb had been sought in connection with the murder of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, Police Chief Greg Adams, who the Federal Bureau of Investigation said was shot twice at close range and beaten about the head and face with a blunt instrument in December 1980.
"It's good to have an answer", said Beachem, who was 12 when Adams was murdered.
Adams was shot in Saxonburg during a routine traffic stop around 2:50 p.m. on December 4, 1980, and later died of his injuries.
Authorities began searching the backyard of Maplecrest Drive in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts on Thursday around 11 a.m.
It appears Lillian Webb won't be found guilty of anything, at least not on criminal charges.
"I didn't realize how hard it would be", Jones said. "We did that reluctantly", Jones said.
"For the years I've been here, only three weeks ago, four weeks ago that's when I saw her standing up in front of me she's been here for a long time", he said.
Records from the Bristol County Probate and Family Court show Lillian Webb divorced her husband in September of 2005.
Saxonburg Police Chief Joseph Beachem added, "The biggest question in the history of Saxonburg has been answered. The room was accessed through a closet", attorney Tom King III said. 'Why hide him? Why not allow us closure?' "Thank god I'm not her. God, why did you let her do that?" It's not clear how, but it doesn't appear to be from anything violent.
Her lawyer says the wife of the man wanted for the slaying led authorities to human remains that were believed to be his. "Why the hell should she get any money for it?" He was never seen by law enforcement after that, despite an intense manhunt for him.
She says it's been extremely hard to raise two sons without their father. They told Mary Ann they have no doubt Webb killed her husband.
Saxonburg will have a moment to honor Chief Adams as it celebrates its 185th anniversary Saturday.