Seattle man accused in 1957 murder sent back to Illinois

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Posted: Jul 27, 2011 1:38 PM
Seattle man accused in 1957 murder sent back to Illinois

SEATTLE (Reuters) - The Seattle man accused of the 1957 abduction and slaying of a young Chicago-area girl was sent back to Illinois on Wednesday to face a murder charge there in the five-decades-old case.

Jack McCullough, 71, a former police officer with the Washington state cities of Lacey and Milton, waived his right to challenge extradition at a hearing last week.

He was arrested on June 29 in Seattle and charged in Washington state court with being a fugitive from justice and was being held in lieu of $3 million bail in the King County jail. A spokesman for the county prosecutor said he was removed from jail on Wednesday morning to be returned to Illinois.

On July 1, he was charged by prosecutors in DeKalb County, Illinois, with the murder of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph, who was last seen playing with a friend near their homes in Sycamore, Illinois, on December 3, 1957.

(Reporting by Laura L. Myers; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Greg McCune)