Pennsylvania

FBI issues new photos of man wanted in police chief's death

Donald Eugene Webb known to reside in local motels

BOSTON - The FBI has released newly acquired photos of a Massachusetts man wanted for killing a Pennsylvania police chief in 1980 and known for staying in motels in the Lehigh Valley.

The FBI said most of the new photos of Donald Eugene Webb were taken on a cruise with his wife in July 1979, about a year before the death of Saxonburg police Chief Greg Adams in December 1980.

"We’re asking the public to take a close look at these photographs that we recently acquired and contact us if they have any information about Mr. Webb’s whereabouts,” said Harold H. Shaw, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston Division.

Authorities allege that Webb, a 49-year-old career criminal who was living in New Bedford, Massachusetts, was in the Butler County borough, about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh, to case a possible burglary target, when he shot and beat Adams during a routine traffic stop. Webb is believed to have been wounded in the confrontation.

Webb's rental car, a white Mercury Cougar, was found more than two weeks later at a motel in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Webb was also familiar with areas in eastern and central Pennsylvania, having stayed in motels in Allentown; Easton; Jim Thorpe, Carbon County; Scranton, and Williamsport under the alias of Stanley Portas, the deceased husband of Webb's wife, according to the FBI.

Other aliases, authorities said, have included A.D. Baker, Donald Eugene Perkins, Donald Eugene Pierce, John S. Portas, Bev Webb, Eugene Bevlin Webb, Eugene Donald Webb, and Stanley Webb.

A reward of up to $100,000 is being offered for information that either leads to the capture of Webb, who would be 85 if he's still alive, or the location of his remains, if he has died.

"The FBI cannot make the assumption Webb is deceased without verification," Shaw said. "We’re in the final stages of this investigation, and given Mr. Webb's age, we're doing everything we can to bring some closure to Chief Adams' family and the citizens of Saxonburg."

Webb is a white man with brown eyes. At the time he fled, he stood five feet, nine inches tall, weighed approximately 165 pounds, and had graying brown hair. He may have a small scar on his right cheek and his right forearm. He may also have the following tattoos: "DON" on the web of his right hand and "ANN" on his chest.

Anyone with information about Webb's whereabouts can contact the FBI at 800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324). Tips can also be submitted at tips.fbi.gov.


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