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Four ’70s homicide cold cases solved in PA after Florida killer confesses

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania is making nationwide news as four previously cold-case homicide investigations throughout the state are now solved after a convicted killer in Florida has confessed.

Edward Surratt is currently serving two life sentences for crimes he committed and now has also implicated himself in four unsolved PSP homicide investigations involving the deaths of six people: William and Nancy Adams in Beaver County, Guy and Laura Mills in Bedford County, Joel Kreuger in Fulton County, and John Shelkons in Beaver County in 1977 and 1978.

District attorneys in each county agreed not to prosecute Surratt for the cold-case homicides due to his life sentences in other jurisdictions.

Investigators say they hope that the confessions will help bring some semblance of closure to the victims’ loved ones.

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Harrisburg, PA – Members of the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Troop D Criminal Investigation Assessment Unit recently cleared four state police homicide investigations by securing confessions from a convicted killer. The accused, Edward A. Surratt, is currently serving two life sentences for crimes he committed in Florida and has also been convicted of murder in South Carolina.

In March, PSP investigators traveled to the Raiford Correctional Facility in Raiford, Florida to personally interview Surratt. Surratt implicated himself in four unsolved PSP homicide investigations involving the deaths of six people. The homicides took place in 1977 and 1978.

DATETROOP/STATIONVICTIM(S)
11/19/1977D – BeaverWilliam and Nancy Adams
12/31/1977G – BedfordGuy and Laura Mills
12/31/1977G – McConnellsburgJoel Krueger
01/07/1978D – BeaverJohn Shelkons

 

District attorneys in each county agreed not to prosecute Surratt for the cold-case homicides due to his life sentences in other jurisdictions.

“PSP investigators never stopped seeking justice for the victims of these terrible crimes and their families,” said Lieutenant Colonel Scott Price, deputy commissioner of operations for the Pennsylvania State Police. “We hope that the confessions announced today will help bring some semblance of closure to the victims’ loved ones.”

PSP investigators began communicating with Surratt from his prison cell in Florida about unsolved homicides in Pennsylvania in 2018. Surratt provided information on the cases listed above.