Slaying suspect's Air Force exam records destroyed

Slaying suspect's Air Force exam records destroyed

Credit: AP

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Sycamore, Ill., Police Department shows Jack Daniel McCullough of Washington state, a former police officer arrested in the 1957 killing of an Illinois girl. The Associated Press learned Tuesday, July 12, 2011, that military records that McCullough insists would help exonerate him in the 1957 slaying of an Illinois girl burned in a 1973 archives fire that destroyed millions of military personnel records. An archivist with the St. Louis-based National Personnel Records Center, a repository of military records, told the AP in response to a Freedom of Information Act request that McCullough's Air Force file no longer exists. (AP Photo/Sycamore Police Department, File)

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Associated Press

Posted on July 12, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 12 at 2:34 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Military records that a former police officer says would help exonerate him in a 1957 Illinois slaying no longer exist.
  
An archivist with a federal repository of military records in St. Louis says Jack Daniel McCullough's Air Force file was destroyed in a 1973 fire at the storage site.
  
McCullough told The Associated Press in a jailhouse interview that the records would prove he was having a military medical examination in Chicago the day that 7-year-old Maria Ridulph disappeared in Sycamore, Ill., on Dec. 3, 1957.
  
But archivist Kevin Cowan says none of McCullough's records survived the fire. At the time, McCullough went by the name of John Tessier.
  
McCullough was arrested last month in Seattle. He's being held on a fugitive charge pending his return to Illinois.
 

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