2nd Update: Theresa Corley: Murdered on the Way Home Nov 20, 2015 13:20:22 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Nov 20, 2015 13:20:22 GMT -5
Theresa Corley: Murdered on the Way Home
BELLINGHAM, Mass. – A brutal murder has haunted a Bellingham family and baffled state police investigators for almost 40 years. A teenaged girl trying to get home was found murdered on the side of the road. Now, Theresa Corley’s family is renewing its search for justice for the unimaginable violence that took her life.
On Tuesday, December 5, 1978, Corley was a vibrant 19-year-old woman working hard while attending Holliston Junior College with the intention of eventually becoming a pediatrician. But that night, Corley had just one thing on her mind – getting home. She never got home and three days later, her body was found in a ditch on the side of Route 495 not far from where the Bellingham, Milford and Medway city limits converge. Almost 40 years later, her family is still trying to find out why. “What drives me is what happened to Theresa was a true injustice,” said Corley’s sister, Gerri Houde. “It’s senseless, it was senseless what happened to her.”
The nightmare of Corley’s final hours began at the Train Stop Lounge in Franklin, where she and her friends were drinking and celebrating someone’s birthday. Corley got into an argument and walked out. Somewhere in downtown Franklin, three young men in a car picked up the girl and took her to the Presidential Arms Apartments, where things spiraled out of control. “I’ve been told it was a sexual assault. I was told she was held down by two men, while one man raped her, or attempted to rape her,” Houde added. According to State Police, Corley ran out of the apartment with such haste, she put on her left shoe and the left shoe of one of the men. Anxious to get home, she started hitchhiking and was picked up by two different drivers. The last driver dropped her off in the center of Bellingham, right in front of the police station. A few people said they saw her around 5:30 a.m., December 6, less than a mile away from home. But she never made it.
The next morning, it was clear to Theresa’s family that something was wrong. “We were in a panic. We were in a state of panic. That she hadn’t come home, because it was so unusual,” said Houde.
Corley’s nude body was found December 8 on the northbound side of Route 495. Her jacket and jeans were lying on the ground next to her. A man identifying himself as John Burlington, a Connecticut businessman, called Bellingham police, alerting them he saw the body when he pulled off the road to relieve himself. But now state police admit Burlington did not exist. Deepening the mystery, shortly after the initial call, but before anyone knew a body had been discovered, a local man walked into the police station asking if they had found Corley on the highway. This man is now dead, but police think he may have known much more and others could too.
Corley’s family is counting on this 37 years later. Houde and her sisters have created a Facebook page called Justice for Theresa Corley. “What I get from that Facebook page is, I thought she was forgotten. I really thought the whole town forgot about her,” Houde said.
FOX25’s Bob Ward recently spoke with the Norfolk County DA’s office and was told the search for justice continues. As for the three men in the apartment, they have never been charged with anything related to Corley’s case. There is also hope that modern forensic science and DNA testing might provide a significant breakthrough. It has happened in other cases and people hope it will happen in Corley’s case too.
If you have any information, you are urged to contact the Norfolk County DA’s Tip Line at (617) 593-8840.
Sources: Fox25 Boston, November 19, 2015, and Julia Spits, The Milford Daily News.