NEWTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Newton County Coroner Scott McCord admits hope faded a bit on Friday, October 18, 2013. It was 30 years to the day four bodies were discovered by mushroom hunters in an abandoned Newton County barn.
"Two of them were very quickly identified, and sent home to their families," McCord said. "And two of them remained unidentified."
Thirty years later the two young men remain unidentified. McCord's hope is to find the boys' families. As years go on it gets harder.
McCord continues to find out what he can about the victims in his spare time. He gave the boys names, and had anthropological studies done on them in 2008.
Adam was a 15 to 18-year-old black male. He was between five feet eight inches to six feet two inches tall with a normal build.
Brad was a 17 to 23-year-old white male. He was between five feet two inches and five feet nine inches tall with a small build.
Both were hitchhikers picked up by Larry Eyler, the man who would later be known as the highway killer.
"He admitted to picking these kids up in the Terre Haute area, and giving them alcohol and drugs," McCord said. "He would tell them the drug was one thing, but it was Placidel, which is a very strong sedative. When they woke up they would be tied up, and he would stab them to death."
Eyler died in an Illinois prison in 1994 of AIDS. Some said justice was served. McCord said there is more to be done.
"Somewhere out there, there is a family missing these kids," McCord said. "There has to be. Whether it be a father, a mother, a brother, an aunt, or just a friend, somebody is missing these kids. If it were my kids I'd be searching the world over."
Thirty years later bones still lay in plastic bins in McCord's office. McCord passes out flyers about the boys. He checks databases filled with missing persons reports.
Nothing has come up about Adam or Brad, but now McCord considers the two his children which means he is going to keep searching.
If you have a tip about the identities of the two boys you can call the Newton County Coroner's Office at 219-285-2515.
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