Updated 10/25/2012 06:41 PM
Family, friends react to Susquehanna County cold case
It's been nearly 30 years since Lynda Walker's death in New Milford, Pennsylvania. But now, her husband, John Walker, is being charged with her 1983 murder. Our Melissa Kakareka has reaction from people in Susquehanna County who knew the couple.
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MONTROSE, Pa. -- Neighbors and friends of John Walker, 52, describe him as well-liked in the community. The Montrose resident also had the credibility of being a part-time police officer in the Montrose Borough and Silver Lake Township Police Departments.
"He was a wonderful neighbor. He did a lot of stuff for us: Snowblowing, cleaning the driveway, anything that was too physical for me, he would do. I like John," said neighbor Amos Hollister.
"Very friendly man, very good at his job. I really have nothing negative to say. I always had good experiences with him," said Susan Wilson.
Wilson is a partner at the Corner Cafe and Grill where Walker often ate. The news of his arrest has shocked many people in Susquehanna County.
The Pennsylvania State Attorney General's Office charged Walker with homicide on Wednesday in connection with the death of his former wife, Lynda. She died back in 1983 and authorities believed, at the time, her death was a suicide. But they now believe Walker shot and killed her inside his former mobile home in New Milford.
Many people in downtown Montrose say it's becoming the talk of the town.
"It’s definitely in conversation. It started last night when everybody heard and it’s still going on, so it’s definitely a conversation piece for our customers," said Wilson.
But members of Lynda's family say they never believed that her death was a suicide and always thought John was to blame.
"I just had a feeling about him all my life, just had a strange feeling about it," said Lynda's brother Lynn Conrad.
Her family says they are happy that authorities are finally investigating her death nearly three decades after it happened.
"Just waiting and hoping and of course we figured in the end he'd get his justice after he died, so never expected it to come to his this, really happy that it did," said Conrad.
Walker is currently being held at the Susquehanna County Jail and his preliminary hearing is set for November 5th.
Walker has been suspended from the Montrose Police Department. Officials with the Silver Lake Police Department have not yet returned our call for comment.