THPD: Significant breakthrough in two cold cases

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Terre Haute Police Department Assistant Chief Shawn Keen called a press conference at 2 p.m. in regards to a significant breakthrough in two cold cases.

Harry Rowley was named as the suspect in a double homicide that happened in 1980.

Officials report Lucinda Farmer, who was 29 at the time, and Mary Quillen, who was 28, were found dead in an alley behind 619 N 14th Street in Terre Haute on July 4, 1980.

They were each found with a gunshot wound to the head.

In October of 2013 officials from THPD traveled to the California State Prison where Rowley is serving time for a separate murder case. While there, THPD officials spoke to Rowley about his involvement in the double homicide.

Documents show Rowley and his wife lived in the same apartment complex as Farmer and Quillen.

Rowley told officials he was exiting his apartment when he saw Farmer and Quillen leaning on his car parked behind the apartment. He said he went into the apartment to get his gun and shot each of them once.

Rowley stated he then went back inside the apartment to lay down next to his wife. A couple of hours later he and his wife left for Indianapolis because he stated he knew the police would be looking for him.

He explained he pulled the car around to pick up his wife so she wouldn’t see the bodies. Rowley continued to tell THPD officials that a couple of days later, he and his wife returned to the apartment to pack up and leave Indiana.

Rowley told officials he was sorry for killing the two and that he wanted to apologize to the families.

He is being charged with two counts of murder.

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