Maria Ridulph 50 Years Later
Updated 12/11/2012: Daily Chronicle: McCullough Sentenced to Life in Prison
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Maria Ridulph, shown here on vacation in Iowa in 1957, was 7 when she was kidnapped from the corner of Center Cross Street and Archie Place on Dec. 3, 1957. Her abductor was never found, despite the combined efforts of police and the Sycamore community. Her body was found in April 1958 in Jo Daviess County.
Chronicle photo ERIC SUMBERG Sycamore resident Charles Ridulph, 61, is the older brother of Maria Ridulph, who was kidnapped at age 7 from near their home in Sycamore. Ridulph shared a room with his sister, who was the youngest of four, and describes their relationship as close. “For me, it’s never been, ‘Why did someone do this to me?’” Ridulph said. “It’s just been an emptiness, a void, a missing of her.”