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Tomorrow marks the three-year anniversary of the murder of Linda Twyman in her Ashland Avenue apartment, and on Sunday friends and family held a vigil in remembrance and hope.
Although the murder has not been solved, police say the case is ongoing and they continue to pursue leads and process evidence. Police have established a hotline, 847-424-5473, the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators has been increased from $1,000 to $10,000.
On Nov. 23, about 60 people gathered outside the apartment building at 1144 Ashland Ave., where friends and family spoke of Ms. Twyman and asked anyone who might have information about the persons who killed her to report that information to the police. The group, which included about 10 police officers and two aldermen, walked from there to the nearby Malankara church, where police answered many questions from concerned and frustrated neighbors.
The case is still active, said Police Chief Richard Eddington, with Sergeant Ryan Glew and Detective Jeremy Nieman still following leads and processing evidence.
“The fact that we have Sgt. Glew and Detective Nieman still assigned to the case shows the department’s commitment to work this case and solve it,” Chief Eddington told the RoundTable.
“For most cases you’d expect a three-year-old case to be solved or dead in the water – which this case is not,” Sgt. Glew told the neighbors. “This is a case that continues to move forward, [though] not as much as we’d like it to.” He said forensic work is still being done, because “it’s a very complex process, especially with the amount of evidence we’re dealing with. We get an answer and that gives us more questions.”
Both Sgt. Glew and Chief Eddington stressed the need for additional information. “Maybe somebody heard or saw something they think is not important, but, please, call the hotline and let us decide whether it is important or not,” Sgt. Glew said. Police declined to comment on details of the murder except to say that “intruders” had entered the home and that they “haven’t ruled out completely that it was someone she knew.”
Friends and family of Ms. Twyman spoke of her and of the need for resolution of the murder.
Neil Murphy, Ms. Twyman’s father, said, “Not a day goes by that I don’ think of her. Colleen Watson, Ms. Twyman’s sister, distributed candy bars with an extra wrapper with Ms. Twyman’s picture, the new hotline number and the new reward.
“Linda loved chocolate,” Ms. Watson said, and the front of the wrapper reads, “Seeking Sweet Justice for Linda.”
David Bakke, a friend of Ms. Twyman, said, “Maybe someone will remember something – call the police and let them know.”
Gina Heidkamp said, “We miss her dearly. We all hope for justice.”