THPD Makes Arrest in 34-Year-Old Double Murder

[The two murdered women were Bahais.]

Investigators with the Terre Haute Police Department say they have solved a 34-year-old case. A suspect is in custody, but not in Indiana.

Lucinda Farmer and Mary Quillen were found shot dead outside their apartment on the morning of July 5, 1980. Now, more than three decades later police have charged Harry Rowley with their murders.

Rowley is currently in prison in California. He's already serving a life sentence in murder there. Lieutenant Edward Tompkins first re-opened the case in April 2010. During that time he visited Rowley in prison in California.

According to the probable cause affadavit, Rowley did confess to the murders during a conversation last year. The prosecutor's office currently is battling with California to get Rowley back to Indiana for a trial.

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