Linda June Hamilton
Missing since September 20, 1977 from Beaver Township, Mahoning County, Ohio
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Linda Hamilton was last seen on September 20, 1977 in Beaver Township, Ohio.
On the morning of September 21, 1977, her children discovered their father dead on the kitchen's floor. He had been hit by three bullets one in the back of the head and one in each shoulder. They ran to the neighbors who called the police. No trace of Linda was found.
Neighbors told police they heard what sounded like strong, rapid strokes of a hammer at 12.45 am. Some neighbors also later remembered having seen a man walking down the road from the direction of the truck stop.
The couple's car was found near the entrance of a closed strip mine in view of the truck stop where Linda worked. Prints of a man's boots and Linda's bare feet, led from the driver's side.
For years the cases remained unsolved until serial killer Edward A. Surratt confessed to their murder in February 2007 while in jail in Florida.
He also confessed to the murder of Ranee Gregor. He declared in an interview that Linda Hamilton's and Ranee Gregor's bodies were "unrecoverable by anybody's standards".
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Beaver Township Police Department
Agency Case Number: 77-0293-01/Namus MP#12363
Ohio Missing Persons
Beaver County Times
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