Real Name: Gregory J. Webb
Aliases: Greg Webb
Wanted For: Murder
Missing Since: January 1987
Details: Police Chief Greg Webb of Lyons, Nebraska is wanted for the murder of thirty-four-year-old Anna Marie Anton. Anna moved to Lyons in October 1986; strangely, she had no family or friends in Lyons; at first, no one could understand why she had moved there. Ten years earlier, Anna had injured her leg in a car accident; as a result, many of her neighbors and fellow parishioners helped her with various tasks. Her one neighbor, Shirley Edgecome, became close friends with Anna; she often took her grocery shopping. Anna began to confide in Shirley about her past. She stated that her ex-husband was involved in a large drug ring and that she had testified against him at his trial. She said that she had moved to Lyons because she was afraid that her ex-husband or one of his friends would harm her. She told Shirley that she had moved into the apartment because she knew that the police chief, Greg Webb, lived in the apartment above her, so she felt safe.
Then, on December 16, 1986, Shirley brought some groceries over to Anna's apartment. She was surprised to find the back door locked. She knocked on the windows but there was no response. Shirley attempted to deliver the groceries several times that day, but Anna was not there. Shirley then had Webb open Anna's apartment to see if she was still in there. Anna was not found, but Shirley did notice that Anna had laid out clothes on her bed, and that Anna had apparently left her shoes behind. Webb agreed to call the numbers in Anna's address book; he later told Shirley that she was not at any of those places.
Eleven days later, Anna's body was found in a remote field; she had been shot twice in the torso with a .38 caliber gun. Since her body was found outside of Lyons jurisdiction, the state police were called in to investigate. The investigators determined that Anna had not died in the field, but had been killed elsewhere. Her blood alcohol level was .22 which was surprisingly high for someone who supposedly did not drink.
As the state authorities continued to investigate the case, they ruled out Anna's ex-husband. He had an alibi at the time, and surprisingly, they found out that he was not involved in drugs as Anna had claimed. When asking Webb about his neighbor, one investigator wanted to know if he and Anna were romantically involved. At first, Webb denied it, but then he confessed that they had been romantically involved. The state authorities began to investigate Webb as a possible suspect in Anna's murder.
Two days after Anna's body was found, the state authorities conducted a test in Anna's apartment to see if there were any blood stains. Luminol tests showed that there were traces of blood in Anna's apartment. The test showed that the trail of blood continued out Anna's door and up the stairs to Webb's apartment. As the tests were being done on the apartment, Webb left and later withdrew $3,000 from his bank account. He then disappeared.
Five days later, armed with a search warrant, state authorities examined Webb's apartment. They found blood matching Anna's blood type on a mop in his closet. When looking through Webb's clothes, they found a military-style jacket with several spots of blood. These stains also matched Anna's blood type.
As authorities investigated further into Anna's background, they discovered that she was living two lives: one as a quiet, religious woman in Lyons, and another as a "bar fly" in Arnold's Park. They determined that Anna and Webb met at a bar in Arnold's Park. When Anna told Webb that she was looking for a new place to live, Webb suggested that she move into the unoccupied apartment below him. Anna and Webb began dating; however, Anna became upset when she learned that Webb had another girlfriend. She became upset when she heard Webb and his girlfriend together in the apartment above her.
State authorities now believe that Webb was drunk on the night of Anna's death. They believe that Anna confronted him about the other woman that he had been seeing and that they got into a fight. It is believed that Webb then shot and killed Anna. Witnesses reported seeing Webb carry a large item, presumably Anna's body, to the trunk of his car the morning that Anna was reported missing. Authorities believe that Webb removed Anna's clothes and cleaned off her body, prior to disposing her in the field. It is believed that Webb placed Anna in this specific location because it was on a Native American reservation, which would cause jurisdiction problems for the authorities.
On January 6, 1987, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Chief Greg Webb; he was charged with first degree murder.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the October 18, 1989 episode. This was one of the rare cases where a photograph of the victim was not shown. Also, it was also a rare case in that none of Anna's family members or friends (outside of Lyons) were interviewed.
Results: Captured. In 1991, Anna's mother passed away without ever seeing her daughter's killer apprehended. Then, in 1993, Webb was discovered living in Florida under the assumed name of Gregory "Jim" Webber, working as a construction worker. When his colleague saw his face on a rerun of the broadcast, he immediately contacted the authorities. Although he was charged with first degree murder, Webb later pleaded guilty to manslaughter. He was sentenced to seven to eighteen years in prison in 1996. Webb was released from prison on August 22, 2002. The duplex, where Anton lived in the lower apartment and Webb in the upper, was demolished in 2008.
- Greg Webb on Wikipedia
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- A Stranger In Lyons
- Anna Marie Anton at Find a Grave