Sunday, February 27, 2011


TWO CHILDREN missing for nearly 50 years. The kind of case that haunts detectives til they die. But for one cop, a resolution may be near.
Last Wednesday, workers found bones beneath a demolished house in Onslow County, North Carolina. The house had been owned by a convicted child molester named Henry Hunt, who died in 1991. He was 85.
Former Sheriff Ed Brown hopes the bones are those of Diana Moon Yoli, 7, and her brother Mark Eugene Yoli, 3. They have been missing since Sept. 13, 1962.
According to ENC TODAY: On her deathbed in 1992, Hunt’s wife told her daughter that Hunt had picked up the two children in Midway Park and later dumped their bodies in a mine near Maysville.
“I’ve read about miracles in the Bible, I believe in miracles, and I believe it would take a miracle to ever find the remains of these children,” Brown said at the time.
Detectives believed the two tragic children would remain where there killer buried them.

ENC TODAY REPORTS: In 1962, Brown, a high school student, was fond of a girl who lived on Pony Farm Road. The girl’s neighborhood, like many others, had one yard you didn’t go in and one man you didn’t talk to — in this case it was Hunt. When the Yoli children went missing in September 1962, search efforts centered on the Midway Park housing area and the surrounding swamp. Although base housing was 13 miles from Hunt’s Pony Farm Road house, Brown always wondered whether the man was involved.
The old detective remembered a German Shepherd  trying to dig beneath Hunt’s home but without probable cause, Brown couldn’t search Hunt’s home.
With Hunt’s wife’s 1992 deathbed revelation, Brown learned what the pedophile had told her years earlier. The sex monster said he picked up the Yoli children and took them fishing. He said the boy accidentally drowned and he killed the girl in a panic.
Brown said he didn’t believe the drowning story at all.
“This man had no business with these children at all,” he said. “It was clearly an abduction and murder.”
About 10 years ago, Brown began to keep track of who owned Hunt’s old house.
“The house became the haunt for me,” Brown said. “I wanted to know. I feel it has been resolved for me either way. I have thought about this a long time, but wasn’t sure we’d ever know for sure if the children were here or not.”

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