Following Howe's murder, the Oil City Council voted to prohibit night-time trick-or-treating. Shauna Howe disappeared on Oct. 27, 1992, and her body was found three days later in a riverbed under a railroad trestle. The DNA revelation intensified the investigation, with increased presence in the area by the FBI and the Pennsylvania State Police, with the latter searching the home of Eldred "Ted" Walker, who said he may have opened his home to some "really bad" people once who may have done "a disgusting thing. In October, as the trial ended, the brothers were found guilty of kidnapping, conspiracy and second and third-degree murder, but were acquitted on charges of first degree murder and rape. The brothers eventually drove Shauna to Eldred Walker’s house and took her to an upstairs bedroom. Pic credit: Oil City Police Dept. In a statement, they stated that “our boys did not do this crime.”, After the verdict was read, Shauna Howe’s mother told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that “this is justice. Around 8pm on October 27, Howe was walking home from a Girl Scouts Halloween party in Oil City, Pennsylvania, when she was abducted at the corner of West First Street and Reed Street, two blocks from home. [1][2] A local resident, Dan Paden, however, witnessed the kidnapping, thereby providing investigators with details of the circumstances, the abductor and the getaway vehicle used.[3]. Shauna Melinda Howe was 11 years old when she was murdered in 1992 by two brothers, James E. O’Brien and Timothy M. O’Brien. "[1] An early suspect, Walker and one of his vehicles had resembled those provided by the witness, but the investigation at the time stalled as his DNA did not match. State Trooper Kirt Snyder told The Titusville Herald in 1992 that “her feet were partially submerged in a shallow stream.”, Her body was transported to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Despite a search of the area the day before, Howe's body was found about 200 yards from where the clothing was found the next morning. [4] He, however, denied any involvement in her death. Timothy purportedly told Heath that he and his brother drove to Coulter’s Hole with Shauna in the trunk of their car. Timothy and James were also found guilty of kidnapping, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and conspiracy to commit kidnapping. I was never out of her sight again. They took a little girl’s life. She didn't go into perfect detail, but it was enough to scare the wits out of me. Just a few hours earlier, an Oil City resident, Dan Paden, called 911 and reported seeing a tall, disheveled man snatching a little girl at the corner of West First Street and Reed Street and forcing her into a rust-colored car, according to Explore Venango.Â. Her body was found underneath an abandoned railroad bridge in East Sandy Creek in Rockland, Venango County. She was a student at Seventh Street Elementary School at the time her body was found below a 30-foot drop train trestle, just … In 2002, a DNA sample taken from Oil City resident James O'Brien, who was serving a prison sentence for attempting to kidnap an Oil City woman in 1995, matched a sample of seminal DNA found on Howe's body in tests run by the FBI lab in Washington, D.C. O’Brien had not been a suspect earlier as investigators mistakenly believed he was in jail at the time of the attack, and neither of the brothers fit the eyewitness description. Shauna Howe’s murder remained unsolved for 12 years. She wore it again later that day when she went with her Girl Scout Troop to sing for senior citizens in the area.Â. My daughter would have been 24, but what does she have? When he left the house and returned, they were gone. When two hours went by and the shy, blue-eyed brunette hadn’t made it home, her mother — Lucy Brown Howe — contacted the Oil City Police Department and reported Shauna Howe missing. He also admitted knowing the brothers were upstairs in his house with the girl as he heard her crying. She was a student at Seventh Street Elementary School at the time her body was found below a 30-foot drop train trestle, just several miles from her home in Oil City, Pennsylvania.Â, On October 27, 1992, Shauna went to school dressed in a gymnast costume — a turquoise and black leotard. A local resident, Dan Paden, however, witnessed the kidnapping, thereby providing investigators with details of the circumstances, the abductor and the getaway vehicle used. All images are used with permission or licensed. They spent 12 years living their lives. when he protested the idea. On the morning of October 30, 1992, Shauna Howe was found dead, three days after she vanished without a trace. Cathy Torrez was murdered over a hickey: Should Samuel Lopez have gotten life? The mystery of Howe's disappearance and murder continued for nearly ten years until the investigation had a major breakthrough. Around 8pm on October 27, Howe was walking home from a Girl Scouts Halloween party in Oil City, Pennsylvania, when she was abducted at the corner of West First Street and Reed Street, two blocks from home. A $15,000 reward was offered for information in the case that would lead to her killer’s arrest. Walker added that he didn’t want to kidnap Shauna Howe, but he said he “was scared” and “didn’t know what to do” as Timothy and James threatened his son when he protested the idea. “I still have a hole in my heart but I needed it to be solved. In June 2005, a Venango County jury of six men and six women deliberated for 16 hours before finding the O’Brien brothers guilty of second-degree murder and third-degree murder, following a two-week trial. When DNA evidence linked the O’Brien brothers to Shauna Howe’s murder, they were arrested in 2014. Walker told the Oil City police that when he spotted Shauna walking down the street, he approached her and questioned her about Girl Scout cookies before grabbing her. In court, he admitted grabbing Howe and passing her to the O’Briens who were waiting in a parked car. Once they arrived at a bridge, they threw her over, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. True Crime Halloween story of the abduction and murder of Shauna Howe in Oil City, Pennsylvania. The story of Shauna Howe is something that every person in Oil City and its neighboring towns know about. He also stated that they taunted him and called him “chicken” for not wanting to follow through with his own plan. The autopsy report also indicated that Shauna had been sexually assaulted.Â. Two days later, a member of Howe's family found a piece of her gymnast costume near an abandoned railroad bed in a rural, wooded area in the nearby township of Rockland. Timothy forced her into the backseat before they drove away, and Walker said he left in a separate vehicle.Â. As the verdict was read, Shauna's family … They were found not guilty of first-degree murder and rape. Murder of Janean Brown: Andrew Gustafson slit her throat and evaded justice for 30 years, Murder of Jeannie Allen by her sister Georgia Weaver investigated on Twisted Sisters, Actor Eddie Hassell dead: The Kids Are All Right star killed in shooting, Good movies on Netflix that you really need to watch.