The following are articles from the Alton Evening Telegraph, reprinted exactly as they originally appeared.


Special Patrolman August Mayford Disappears Missing for 40 hours No trace of Foul Play found as police push search

Search continued today for August Mayford, 66, special police patrolman and merchants' watchman fro the last 18 years, who disappeared Saturday night while on duty in the West End business district.

Mayford last was seen about 11 p.m. Saturday, near Third and Piasa streets, as far as police have been able to learn.

First theory in his disappearance was that he might have been taken ill or suffered a stroke as he made his rounds of the retail district.

When search of stores and business buildings Sunday failed to reveal any trace of Mayford, police gave greater attention to possibility that he might have met foul play, possibly kidnapped by burglars.

Search Business Buildings

Not until business places reopened today after the Sunday holiday was it felt certain the missing watchman had not collapsed in some store or warehouse.

On the other hand it was said by Police Chief Smith, nothing was found in Sunday's investigations to give definite support to a supposition Mayford might have been waylaid or kidnapped. No indications were found any stores had been subject of a burglary attempt.

That Mayford vanished relatively early in the night when many persons still were on the streets only intensified the mystery.

Last person known to have talked with Mayford was Police Patrolman Claude Barkley, who met him at 11 p.m. Saturday near Third and Piasa. Shortly prior to that he is known to have had supper, as was his custom, in the Illinois restaurant, partaking of bacon and eggs.

Patrolman Barkley said that he chatted a moment with Mayford in front of the Cohen ladies ready-to-wear store and that Mayford started east across Piasa street as if to turn out some show window lights in a store in the Piasa building.

Barkley went west in Third street and did not note just where Mayford went after they separated.

Switched Off Lights

It was Mayford's custom, police said, to stop at the Faulstich cigar store at 11 p.m. He did not stop there, it has been learned, although he may have been off his way towards the cigar store when he left Patrolman Barkley. Neither did he make an 11 p.m. call to the police station.

Police Captain Uhle has a theory that after leaving Barkely, Mayford may have intended to make a tour to shut off show window lights which he may have left burning a trifle later than usual because it was Saturday night.

Lights in several display windows on the north side of Third street between Piasa and Belle were found turned on when daylight came Sunday morning, apparently showing Mayford disappeared before having opportunity to turn them off.

Members of Mayford's family and police had clung to the hope he might be found early today when stores reopened. Possibly some point within a building might have been overlooked in Sunday's search it was thought. When it came 9 a.m. today and he had not been found, word of his disappearance was sent all police departments of near cities and to the state highway patrol headquarters. Arrangements also were made to have his description given in a radio broadcast.

Police Notice Absence

The disappearance of Mayford did not come to light until about 5 a.m. Sunday. The desk sergeant at the police station, noting Mayford had made no telephone calls to the desk since prior to midnight, mentioned the matter to Police Chief Uhle.

Uhle said he recalled not having seen Mayford in trips through the business district during the night and became immediately concerned it was his custom to meet Mayford on leaving duty and drive him home. Leaving a little early, Uhle said he drove to the Third street business district and immediately noted that some show window lights Mayford customarily turned off were still burning. Unable to find trace of Mayford, Uhle said he cut off the show window lights and started a more detailed search for the missing watchman. Meantime a call to Mayford's home showed he had not returned there.

First steps in the search were to cover Mayford's known route of the West End business district, even to railroad yards on the levee to the rear of mills and warehouses. Then police began to call businessmen and store managers to have search of business premises made. Some managers of business places were not located until Sunday evening, but search event then was unavailing. Patrolman Barkley was the last, as far as could be learned, to have talked to Mayford. Patrolman Paul Tuetken had seen him at 10:15. Mayford at that time got into the police patrol car at Third and Belle to chat for a few moments, Tuetken said.

Had been in good spirits

"Mayford had been troubled with a cold," said Tuetken. I asked him if it still was bother him. "I'm feeling just fine", he replied. As he left the car, he said, "I believe I'm getting younger the way I can get in and out of this car".

Police Chief Smith, who directed the search Sunday, said inquiry at Mayford's home showed he had left therein the best of spirits Saturday evening, with no signs of illness. He was reported as having partaken of a hearty supper at the Illinois restaurant about 10:30.

Morris Mayford, son of the missing watchman, joined in the search for his father after the fact of his disappearance had been communicated to him and Mayford's wife, Mrs. Bessie Mayford, at the family home, 2105 Mulberry Street, shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday. The watchman's brother, Chris Mayford, of East St. Louis, was called here in the forenoon.

In course of the search early Sunday, Police Chief Smith said, he visited the Maul shoe store on West Third street, where Mayford was accustomed to keep clothing he might have need of due to rain or sudden changes of weather. He found there an overcoat, raincoat, and other garments, also a pocket book containing some money which Mayford evidently had left there early in the evening as he stared on his rounds.

Patrolman 18 years

About 8 p.m. Saturday, it was found, Mayford had called at the tailor shop of

August Jun in the Piasa building to get a brown overcoat he had left for repairs. Jun said Mayford put the coat on as he left. It is thought he may have been wearing the garment when he vanished.

Mayford had been steadily employed as the West End special patrolman for about 18 years past. He had succeeded, the present police captain, Joe Uhle, on the job or watchman for the business houses. Under the administration of Mayor Young, Mayford had served when a young man as a police patrolman, but later resumed his trade as a cooper. He also worked as a newspaper distributor and school janitor before taking the night watchman position.

A description of the missing special watchman, August Mayford, given out by the police today, is as follows:

Age 66; height 5 feet, 7 1-2 inches; weight 185 pounds. Eyes gray; complexion, dark; hair, gray and in short pompadour style; dark rimmed eyeglasses. Customarily wore Odd Fellows emblem ring with three gold links set in black onyx. Brown overcoat, reddish blue suit, dark-brownish felt hat. Carried gold, open-face Elgin watch.

At the Mayford home, Mrs. Mayford and her daughter, Clotilda, quietly await any news that may lead to the finding of Mayford. Mrs. Mayford hopefully expressed the thought that her husband might have fallen into a dark cellar while making his rounds, only she said, "The police believe he must have been carried off".

The two women have maintained a hopeful outlook and are brave in considering the disappearance of Mr. Mayford.

The only photographs of Mayford were taken many years ago. Mrs. Mayford explained that neither she nor her husband had often had their pictures made.

TUESDAY, October 19, 1937 Mayford's Keys Found in Store; Mystery Grows

Re-check of Clothes in Closet Hits "Kidnap" Theory

Wife Has His Money

Patrolman had evidently had placed keys there – No Clues

Nothing had been heard today by this family from August Mayford, missing special policeman, who disappeared late Saturday night while engaged on his usual tour of duty in the West End business district. Mrs. Mayford said today that so far as she knows, her husband had no money with him, as he had left his pocketbook with its contents with his clothes in the Maul shoe store, where he had a special place for leaving his personal effects. There had been a rumor that he might have cashed a check for a considerable sum of money, but Mrs. Mayford this afternoon set at rest that theory. She said that it was true that they had a block of 40 shares of stock in the Piasa Building and Loan Association which matured last month, but that she had cashed the check for $4,000 and that the whole amount is still intact and that her husband had not taken any of it.

The finding of his bunch of keys which fit doors of all his clients in the West End business district, dispelled this morning a theory that he may have been seized while on his tour of duty and forced to accompany kidnappers away. It had been theorized by some that Mayford might have come upon some criminals in the act of doing something and that he was captured by them and forced to accompany them without giving him a chance to get away. There were two bunch of keys found this morning. They were discovered in the closet of the Maul shoe store on West Third Street where Mayford kept spar coats and other garments. It was announced by Chief of Police Paul Smith.

While the discovery of the keys customarily carried by the watchman does not begin to solve his disappearance. It was accepted, as reasonable proof to discredit any theory that he met with foul play or was kidnapped. Will Check Them

Police Chief Smith expressed the view that the keys found include all those which had been entrusted to Watchman Mayford. To confirm this belief he has requested that all businessmen who had given keys to the watchman call at the police station to identify and reclaim them.

Finding of the keys in Mayford's effects in the clothes cupboard at the Maul store was wholly unexpected, Chief Smith said. He had checked over the garments kept _________ by Mayford when investigation into his disappearance was begun early Sunday. Police Captain Uhle also had inspected the contents of the

Clothes closet, he said. Neither had discovered them.

Their finding shortly before 11 a.m. today, he said, was due to chance investigation by a clerk of the Maul store, who had occasion to visit the clothes closet, one where those employed at the store also were accustomed to hang their coats. It was suggested that handkerchiefs in the coat pocket containing the keys might have served to shield them from earlier discovery, he said.

$33 in Pocketbook

While Chief Smith did not find the keys Sunday, he did find a pocketbook of Watchman Mayford, as has been previously announced.

In the pocketbook was approximately $33, and the finding of this sum of money had been thought to preclude possibility that Mayford had voluntarily vanished. Had he left of his own free will, it was argued, he would have taken his money with him. Finding of the keys, apparently purposely left by Mayford before his disappearance, serves to reopen the conjecture that his disappearance might have been premeditated and to upset the contrary suppositions growing out of his pocketbook being found in the clothes cupboard.

Because of this presumption Sunday night, and last night, that the keys Mayford carried were gone with him, and that they might have fallen into hands of crooks who waylaid or kidnapped him, special police guard had been maintained in the west end business section. Merchants who had left keys with the watchman had felt concern over the situation as they were led to speculate on possibility of burglaries.

In addition to calling in businessmen this afternoon to identify keys that have been recovered, Police Chief Smith is asking that businessmen report as to their arrangements with Mayford for having him turn on and off the show window lights at their stores so that some temporary arrangements for having this work carried on may be set up. Lights Still On

The fact that display window lights on the north side of West Third Street had not been turned out Saturday night by Watchman Mayford was one of the things that led to the discovery by Police Captain Uhle that Mayford had disappeared.

In commenting on this phrase of the case Monday evening, Captain Uhle said he further had noted early Sunday morning that while Mayford had shut off the show window lights at stores on the south side of Third Street, he apparently had

neglected to cut off the electric signs.

"I am wondering if there was something on Mayford's mind which caused him to overlook the signs as he was turning off the window lights," conjectured Uhle, "whether there were some illness we were not aware of"

Mayford his police friends knew had been recently suffering from a severe cold which had affected sinuses and caused him great discomfort, yet, Saturday evening, he had told a policeman who inquired that he was "feeling fine" again.

October 20, 1937 More Mystery; Mayford's Keys Still Missing

Ones Found in Overcoat Not Those He Usually Carried

Mystery surrounding the disappearance of August Mayford, special night policeman in the West End business district, became more involved in all its original uncertainties last evening when it was determined that two large bunches of keys found yesterday in his overcoat were not the keys he customarily carried on his rounds of the business houses as was first believed.

Mayford and the keys he is known to have carried are still missing, which brings the mystery right back to where it started. Did a gang kidnap August Mayford and steal the keys in hopes of conducting a wholesale robbery of the downtown business district?

The foregoing theory does not seem consistent, because, if such were the case, then the bandits would have made attempts at robbery before now before the locks on the doors of the business houses could be changed. Thought a Factor

The finding of the keys Tuesday ion Mayford's coat hanging in a closet of the Maul store on West Third street was at first thought to be a resolving factor in the mystery. If the watchman's keys were still here, then he had met no foul play because of any proposed wholesale burglary, it was reasoned.

Police Captain Uhle, a close friend of the missing man, made the explanation about the keys when he came on duty Tuesday evening.

"The keys found yesterday at the shoe store were keys Mayford always kept there, ready for use in any emergency," he said. "They were not the keys Mayford customarily carried with him as he made his rounds of the business district. Finding them does not change any elements in his disappearance.

"Mayford had only six regular stops to enter stores or business places each night. He carried with him only the keys he used nightly in going in and out of the business places and these few keys he always had with him have not been found. In case of a fire or any emergency, Mayford could go to the shoe store and get any key he needed. But he did no carry the 40 or 50 keys entrusted to him when on his night patrols."

Mayford, all information indicates, did not disappear voluntarily. A careful check of all factors in the case, police say, has revealed no possible motive that could have influenced him to disappear. On the other hand, nothing definite has been found to back the circumstantial possibility of foul play. In this situation, a thought which has come to mind of police friends of the missing watchman is that he may have been a victim on amnesia.

A large memory, they reason, might account for his erratic action in turning off a part of the West Third street show window lights, leaving others burning, just before he vanished. They recall a case of last summer in which a young man here striking his head in a fall when returning from an industrial plant, suffered a memory lapse of a week. Returning here, the young man who had almost worn out his shoes with walking was recognized given hospital treatment and memory returned.

October 21, 1937 Still No Trace of Missing Watchman as Police Seek Clues in Baffling Mystery

No further clues into the disappearance of August Mayford, 66, special patrolman and merchants' watchman, were unearthed today in one of the most baffling mysteries ever to confront the Alton police.

Mayford vanished last Saturday night, evidently after 11 p.m. Friends who had conversed with him prior to his disappearance, an intensive search of the business district has revealed nothing but clues which served only to deepen the mystery.

Evidently No Money

Evidently he had hardly any money on his person, for his pocketbook containing $33 was found by Police Chief Smith in a search through a clothes closet of Maul's store, where Mayford customarily hung his coat and kept his belongings.

Rumors concerning the mystery of the missing watchman have brought wide speculation in the business district, where Mayford had many friends and acquaintances. Many clues have been traced by police, but no trails lead to a solution.

Police learned at 6:15 last night that a brown felt hat had been found in the water behind the Owens-Illinois Glass Co. plant, but it later was determined the hat evidently was not Mayford's as had been suggested by the man who called the matter to police attention.

The hat had been taken from the water yesterday afternoon by John Thomas of 1123 Long Avenue who hung it on a tree to dry. Thomas conducted two police patrolmen to the spot last evening, and the hat was taken to police station. An imprint of the retailer on the sweatband showed it had not been purchased in Alton.

Police expressed the opinion that the hat might be that of one of the three men whose fishing boat was swamped in the federal lock on Wednesday of last week. One of these men, Edward Allmond, 60, of 903 ½ Washington Avenue, was drowned and river men have been watching closely in the last few days for possible appearance of his body. It was thought Allmond's body would come to the surface by yesterday-certainly by today, the eight since he went down.

"Dinah" Wyss an employee at the Blaske boatyards at the foot of Henry Street said today he was on the lookout for any drowned bodies. Wyss has recovered numerous bodies from the river both here and at St. Charles, where he f ormerly resided, and makes a practice of "keeping is eyes open: for bodies, having developed a keen perception which enables him to discern a floating body a long distance away.

October 23, 1937

Merchants Will Name Successor to Mayford

Monday afternoon, the downtown retail merchants will meet in the Retail Merchants rooms in the Commercial building to select from the five applications received ________ man to act as special patrolman during the night.

The meeting was called by Chairman Julius Schaeffer, Al Raushchel, and Robert Goulding. August Mayford, who is still mysteriously missing, was the former night watchman.

Chief of Police Paul Smith will be present and will lay plans before the group for the police department to cooperate more efficiently with the retail merchants.

It has been requested that all merchants attend this meeting and bring with them the duplicate keys of their various stores. All keys formerly used by Mayford will be matched and returned to their original owners.

Seven days will have elapsed this evening since disappearance of August Mayford. The merchants' policeman vanished while on duty, apparently shortly after 11 p.m. last Saturday.

At the Mayford home and at the police station this afternoon it was said not a word has been received to throw any light on his whereabouts, nor even a scrap of information to indicate what may have happened to him.

October 25, 1937

Brother Offers Reward For Information About Missing August Mayford

When the disappearance a week ago Saturday night of August Mayford's, merchants' policeman, continuing as deep a mystery as ever. Chris Mayford of East St. Louis, a brother of the missing man, today announced a reward of $100 for information that would lead to his being found.

During a call in Alton Sunday, Chris Mayford gave formal notice to the police department of his offer of a reward. He also has sent the Telegraph a written memoranda of the reward offer and a description of his brother.

Mrs. Mayford, wife of the missing man, said today that members of his family are hopeful that the posting of a reward will stir the renewed interest in the search being made for him, particularly in the area outside the immediate Alton district where he was well known. She expressed deep appreciation of the efforts already pressed by the police and Mayford's many friends in Alton and its environs.

Carried No Papers

The possibility that her husband had become a victim of amnesia was hopefully mentioned by Mrs. Mayford. She pointed out that Patrolman Mayford likely was carrying no papers of any sort that would serve to identify him to strangers and that anyone locating him, unless personally acquainted would have to rely on a description.

Her husband, Mrs. Mayford said, was accustomed to carry an identification card in his pocketbook, but because he had $33 with him when he went on duty a week ago Saturday, he left his purse containing the money at the store where he had his headquarters. She believes there was nothing he carried to give a hint to his identity by a written name or address.

The description of the missing man is as follows:

August Mayford, 2105 Mulberry Street, Alton, Ill. Age 66; height 5 feet, 7 ½ inches; weight 185 pounds. Gray hair cut short gray eyes, dark complexion. Upper and lower false teeth. Tortoise shell eye-glasses. Wore odd Fellows ring, three gold lens (the I.O.O.F. emblem) set in black onyx. Brown overcoat, reddish blue trouser, brown sweater coat.

Mrs. Mayford said today, in a supplementing this description that her husband likely carried his gold watch, his revolver, and several keys.

The address of Chris Mayford, the brother, announcing the reward offer, is 1636 St. Louis Avenue, East St. Louis. Report from Missouri

In connection with the search for August Mayford, Miss Helen Meyer of 928 Humboldt called the police station Sunday evening to give a description of a man found dead in an automobile at Edina, Mo., last Wednesday. She said she was making a report for her brother, who had viewed the body at Edina, and who was interested to know if the description called with that of the missing Alton watchman.

The body at Edina, she said, has a scar in back of one ear as if from a mastoid operation.

Mayford, police said today, has no such scar and from this, and other points in the description reported to them, they feel sure the body at Edina not that of the missing policeman.

News, dispatches Sunday told of a party of Altonians suggesting to Coroner Keith Hudson at Edina that the body might be that of August Mayford.

November 1, 1937

Mayford's Body Found on Edge of Cornfield; 8 Bullet Wounds Patrolman Had Been Shot Eight Times In the Back

Special Patrolman Had Been Missing Since Oct. 16; Beaten First; Discovered By Farm Hands on Canal Bank Near Edwardsville

When the body of August Mayford was brought to Alton this afternoon, Coroner W.W. Billings made an examination at the morgue of Deputy Coroner Klunk which indicated the watchman had died from bullet wounds in the chest.

Coroner Billings said later examination indicated Mayford had been shot eight times, the bullets passing through his body. Wounds on the hands or wrists were caused by bullets that had passed through the body.

"The examination" said the coroner, "indicates Mayford was shot eight times, from the back, and the bullets went through his body, going out the chest. He was lying face downward when he was shot, and the bullets, it appears, went into the ground".

The coroner said his examination indicated Mayford had been beaten into unconsciousness, and while lying on the ground had been shot. The patrolman's face had been beaten; the coroner said his examination of the body disclosed. Mayford's jaw had been broken. The man's false teeth had been broken, said Dr. Billings.

No time for an inquest has yet been set. Dr. Billings said that he would hold the inquest pending for a time to give opportunity for the sheriff's and police investigation.

Police Chief Paul Smith who was called to Edwardsville shortly after the finding of Mayford's body, returned at the time it was moved to the Klunk funeral home here.

He brought with him keys carried by Mayford, apparently those to Alton business places that the watchman was accustomed to carry on his nightly rounds. They were found in Mayford's clothing, Chief Smith said.

T he body of August Mayford, Alton special patrolman, missing since Oct. 16 was found this morning near Cahokia Creek just miles from Edwardsville.

Possibility of suicide was barred in theorizing as to the cause of Mayford being found dead, by the fact that his revolver was missing from the holster he wore and could not be found. An early expressed brief was revived that Mayford might have surprised some criminals at work and that perhaps, realizing he knew them well, they were afraid to run away, so took him captive and murdered him to silence a witness of their guilt. There was no robbery that night and it is supposed that Mayford's life was the price that was paid to prevent one.

Sheriff Simon Henry, who was one of the first to arrive upon the scene where the body was found said that Mayford apparently had been shot or slugged and dumped out of a car near the canal by someone who was acquainted with the vicinity. Paul Smith, Chief of Police at Alton, agreed to this opinion. Deputy Coroner B.H. Weber, differed advancing the belief that Mayford had been taken to the place and murdered after arriving there.

The body of Mayford was taken to the undertaking establishment of Marks & Weber, by Deputy Coroner Bernard Weber, and there identified.

The body was found on the edge of a cornfield on the farm of William Bohm, about 15 feet from the canal bank. It was lying face downward clothed in a brown sweater, white sox, police shoes, a brown overcoat, and a brown felt hat which bore the name of an Alton store. The empty gun holster was on the body, by search did not reveal Mayford's gun.

Gun Not Found

An employee of the Bohm farm, about 7 a.m., saw from a distance what he thought was a sleeping man, but paid no attention because a man known at the farm was accustomed to sleep in the field, the sheriff's office was told. Later in the morning, however, farm employees shocking corn saw the body near the canal bank. They notified the sheriff's office at 10:45, and the office of Coroner Billings in turn was notified and Deputy Weber took the body in charge.

Al Peterson, Ernest Housen, and Harry Owens, and his son, James, who were at work in the cornfield, found the body, it was said at the sheriff's office.

Identification of the body was made through the clothing and the gun-holster. Positive identification was made difficult by condition of the body, which showed Mayford had been dead for a long time.

Mayford's false teeth were missing, indicating he had been roughly treated, possibly slugged.

An Odd Fellows Lodge pin in the pocket of Mayford's coat also aided in the identification.

The point where the body was found is about 100 feet west of a bridge over the canal that drains Cahokia Creek, about two miles from Edwardsville. The sheriff's office notified the Alton police, who got in touch with Mayford's family there.

The spot where Mayford's body was found was a small clearing along the bank of the canal. The body was seen by a group of farm workers on their way to shuck corn in a field bordering the drainage ditch. The body in brown overcoat, was easily seen since by the heavy frosts the underbrush and horse-weeds had lost much of their concealing foliage.

The body was first sighted by Ernest Housen, who thought at first it was a sleeping tramp. At length the suspicions of the men were aroused and James Owens went to Edwardsville and notified Chief of Police August Soehlke.

Chief Soehlke notified Sheriff Simon Henry, who, with the Chief of Police, Deputy Coroner B.H. Billings and Deputy Sheriff William O'Connell, went to the place and tentatively identified the body as that of the missing Alton watchman. 100 Yards From Highway

The spot was three miles west of Edwardsville about 100 yards from Route 159, a few yards toward the canal, off a lane that extends along the bank bordering a large cornfield. The growth of horse-weeds and brush along the bank is cut with paths and one of those led to the small grassy clearing, where the body was discovered.

Belief that the body had been there ever since Mayford's disappearance from his beat was substantiated by the fact that grass beneath his body was yellowed and dead while that surrounding the body was green.

Authorities at the scene said that no indications of violence could be found at the spot. A hurried search failed to disclose Mayford's missing gun. The body was laying face downward with the hands under the chest.

Funeral services are scheduled to be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Klunk funeral home.

Burial will be in Godfrey cemetery. Disappeared Oct. 16

Mayford, whose home was at 2105 Mulberry street, and who had served as the West End Merchants' night watchman for the last 18 years, disappeared late on Saturday evening Oct. 16 while on regular duty. He last had been seen by a policeman at Third and Piasa Streets at 11 p.m. Patrolman Claude Barkley having chatted with him there for a few moments. Five Bullets Found

Edwardsville, Nov. 2 (Special Five bright metal pellets-bullets dug from the ground at the spot where the body of August Mayford Alton special patrolman missing since Oct.16, was discovered near here-offered Alton police and county authorities their fist meager clues today in the mystery-slaying.

Following an examination by Coroner W.W. Billings at Alton yesterday afternoon, when it was established that Mayford had been shot eight times from the back, presumably as he lay face down on the ground at the spot where the body was found, through search as made of the vicinity where cornhuskers changed upon the body in underbrush along the bank of Cahokia creek canal two miles west of Edwardsville late Monday forenoon.

Excavation of the spot where the body was discovered was begun, under direction of Sheriff Henry, who with a party of deputies and State's Attorney Geers, again visited the site.

Pulverizing each spadeful of dirt by hand, one by one, five bullets were found directly beneath the grassy plot where the watchman's body had lain. Blood from wounds had soaked into the ground, indicating where the bullets had penetrated after passing through Mayford's body.

Except for one bullet, slightly battered, which was found directly on top o f the ground, all the pellets were perfectly round with gun-barrel markings readily distinguishable. Steel Jacketed Bullets

The bullets area of the steel-jacketed type such as area used in .38 caliber automatic pistols. Although the type of gun Mayford carried at the time of his disappearance was not known to members of the searching party, it was said that the gun was not an automatic pistol, shattering the theory that the patrolman had been slain with his own gun which, with a police badge, has not yet been located.

All five bullets were found within a radius of a foot and a half, at the point where Mayford's chest lay on the ground. Three empty shells were found.

Further search of the spot revealed a partly broken set of false teeth and the fractured lower jawbone, indicating Mayford had been severely beaten about the head by his abductor-slayers. Probing of the underbrush in the vicinity and the shallow water of the canal at the point failed to locate the watchman's gun and badge which had apparently had removed from his apparently had been removed from his person before the slaying. An empty .38-caliber automatic pistol cartridge, however, was found near where the body had lain.

The set of false teeth found on the site apparently was an upper plate. As told, teeth of the other plate had been shattered apparently by the blow that fractured the special policeman's jaw, Coroner Billings had discovered.

Found in Mayford's clothes were a bunch of keys and $2.35 in cash. This, police believed, indicated Mayford had not been robbed.

Story Clue to New Phase of Mayford Case

Night man at Garage Tells of Hearing Moan at 11:45 p.m.; Says He Saw Car Speed Off; Melva Lister Reveals Events as Night Watchman Disappeared

Another mysterious chapter in the Mayford murder was disclosed to a Telegraph reported today by Melva Lister, night man at the storage garage of E.D. Miller on Fourth Street between Belle and Piasa, said Lister:

"I was at the garage that Saturday night that Patrolman Mayford disappeared. I was lying on a cot in the office room off the main garage at about 11:45 p.m. when I heard a moan. The sound seemed to come from the alley on the west side of the building."

Flashlight in Alley

"I got my flashlight and went around to the alley, flashing the beam the length of the alley. There was no one there. I turned and started back to the door of the garage.

It was then I noticed a car pull away from the southwest curb of Fourth and Piasa. It was going fast and headed north over Piasa. When I first heard the sound I thought perhaps it was a drunk moaning. I didn't think much more about it that night.

The next morning at my home, my wife woke me and said the garage was phoning. They told me about Mayford being missing and said the police were searching the garage. I didn't think about what I had heard the night before and haven't told the police".

Last Seen on Piasa

Partolman August Mayford was abducted Oct. 16 and his bullet-riddled body was found Nov. 1 in a cornfield west of Edwardsville. It was reported that he was last seen by a fellow-officer on Piasa Street shortly before the events reported by Lister occurred. It is believed he may have walked north on Piasa to turn off the lights in Maul's store window on Piasa. It would be easily possible that, after he turned off the lights, his assailants poked a gun in his back and marched him to the corner at Fourth and Piasa there to slug him and pull him into the car. Perhaps, it was Mayford's moan that Lister heard.

Lister said he did not see any of the persons in the car that pulled away from the curb.

November 2, 1937

Bullets Found Where Boyd of Mayford Lay

Steel-jacketed Pellets In Ground on Edge of Cornfield; Mystery Shrouds Slaying; Theory He Was Shot While Lying Face Downward Confirmed

While funeral services were being conducted this afternoon for August Mayford, police were confronted by two possibilities as they investigated the slaying of the Alton special patrolman whose bullet-riddled body was found in cornfield, two miles from Edwardsville, Monday forenoon.

Two theories generally held by authorities were:

Mayford surprised someone about to burglarize a store building or warehouse as he made his rounds on the night of Oct. 16, the night of his disappearance, and was "taken for a ride"; or the slaying was planned deliberately with revenge as a motive.

Search of the spot where Mayford's body was found resulted in the recovery Monday afternoon of five bullets, confirming the belief of Coroner W.W. Billings, as told in the Telegraph yesterday that Mayford was lying face downward, his arms under him, when he was shot in the back.

Two more slugs of lead were found early this afternoon at the spot where Mayford's body was discovered. The slugs were discovered today by C.A. Bishop and Herbert Stack, both of Edwardsville. The men were scratching about the spot with sticks and presumed by Deputy Sheriff Joe Kellermann to have dug deeper than the authorities who investigated at the spot on Monday. The sheriff's office at 2 p.m. today, but Kellerman said from the description they probably were from a .38-caliber automatic.

Mayford had not been seen alive after 11 o'clock on the night of Oct. 16 and his body was found on a farm, yesterday morning, not one shred of information had been uncovered to indicate what might have become of him. Police had considered the possibility of foul play, but members of the special patrolman's family had clung to the hope he was a person of amnesia.

Mystery Deepens

Because none of the circumstances of Mayford's disappearance was known, and no information since had been uncovered, the mystery of his absence and subsequent murder became all the more baffling.

Authorities at first considered the theory that Mayford was beaten into insensibility in an automobile, and shot after his body had been placed in the cornfield, face downward. They saw in this the possibility he might have been beaten while resisting an attack; during which was own gun was taken from him. In considering a revenge motive, authorities were scanning Mayford's record as a policeman. In this connection, however, Chief of Police Smith recalled that Mayford never had expressed fear, or told of receiving threats for any to whose imprisonment his police work might have contributed Chief Smith said Mayford's attitude, as he recalled it, was that the special patrolman knew of no reason to fear anyone.

Weeds Trampled

" In all probability," Coroner Billings said today, "Mayford was beaten up on the spot where the body was found, for the weeds were trampled and there were other signs of struggle."

This statement is in opposition to the theory that Mayford might have been beaten in Alton and then forced into the car and "taken for a ride" to the lonely spot near Cahokia creek.

Coroner Billings expressed the belief that August Mayford had come to his death sometime in the hours between the time he was last seen, shortly after 11 p.m. on Oct. 16 and 5 a.m. on Oct. 17. Billings further stated that there were "999 chances out of a thousand that Mayford wasn't hit by an automobile".

A theory in which Dr. Billings did not put much credence had to do with some cigars that Mayford purchased a short time before he disappeared that Saturday night. Tom Henesey, clerk at Luly's drug store at Third and Belle, told a reporter today that Mayford had brought five cigars that night. It was at first believed that the number of cigars was found on the body.

It is also the suspicion that some person or persons must have seen Mayford after he left Patrolman Barkley, because the streets between the hours of 11 and 12 on Saturday night are never deserted.