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Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon, Tuesday, May 28, 1968 Page 11 CRIME Attorney Alvin B. Lewis Jr. (behind desk) confers this morning with local and state police involved in the search for the killer of 14-year-old Margaret Lynn Reber. From left the investigators are: State Troopers COMPLICATE pair of men's work boots were found among many other items of clothing, both men's and women's, along with household articles on the floor of the Reber apartment 'Never Talked Back' Mother Of Slam Girl Describes Daughter As 'Good Kid, No Trouble' Daily NEWS Photo. where Margaret Reber's mutilated body was found.

Police said the clutter in the apartment was one of the factors that make the investigation difficult. Konllnutd From Page One) Peggy's twin sister, Cathryn. Met 2 Months Ago Mrs. Reber said Peggy and Ray Boyer met about two months ago and after about a month they began "going steady." She admitted that Boyer frequently slept on a couch in the, Reber apartment. Investigators said he kept personal effects there, including the five-foot archery bow that was used in the killing.

In a closet in Mrs. Reber's hotel room she was moved out of her apartment by police to preserve the death scene is a green mini dress with white lacy design. Peggy will be buried in it on Wednesday. The dress, with matching shoes, was purchased for Peggy three weeks ago by Boyer. Bbyer's wife, Nprma, lives at 1140 Chestnut according to court records.

She and her husband have a young child and a second is said to 1 be due in about four months. Boyer was jailed Saturday for being in arrears in support payments to his wife. The order for $28.50 a week was entered by court on April 23. The jailing of Boyer may have set the stage for the death of Peggy, according to her mother. Mrs.

Reber said she left Friday afternoon with two male friends for New Jersey while under the impression that Boyer "keep his eye on" her daughter during her absence. said Peggy's friend, Blanche Kline, 18, had also been scheduled to move into the Reber apartment Friday from a local hotel. Blanche, a waitress, brought some clothing to apartment but apparently the did not move in herself, Mrs. Reber related. As she had told police, Mrs.

Reber related in a Daily News interview she thought it was Miss Kline's body she found on the floor of her apartment upon returning from her New Jersey visit. Mrs. Reber, a divorcee and former waitress, said her daughter arose Friday morning about 7:15 a.m., dressed and got ready for school. Mrs. Reber said she wrote an excuse for her daughter who was absent from school the day previously because she hadn't felt well.

"I wrote it and she kissed me goodbye." Mrs. Reber then related that she last saw her daughter between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Friday. She said she and her daughter were "fooling" and she explained, "She knew how ticklish I was." She added, "Then, I got ready to go away She said her daughter and Questioned about her daughter's romantic life, Mrs. Reber said Peggy had what she descrribed as "some crushes" but she didn't "go steady" until she met the six- foot, 170 pound Boyer.

Mrs. Reber described Boyer as "a wonderful kid." Without hesitation she told of her daughter's asking, "What do you think of Ray?" Her reply, she related, was, "He's a nice guy." Mrs. Reber indicated that her daughter and Boyer had planned to marry if or when he got a divorce. Boyer is employed by the Quaker Alloy castings firm, Myerstown. Peggy, to mother, was a fair but not exceptionally good student.

At one time she had hoped to be a secretary but apparently changed her mind about a business career after meeting Boyer. As did police, Mrs. Reber related that her attractive daughter appeared older than her 14, years. Mrs. Reber said her daughter was about five'feet two and weighed about 115 pounds.

She had long, brown hair. Together Every Night After Peggy and Boyer began going steady, according to Mrs. Reber, they saw each other every night. Dates included movies and trips to a dance hall near Schuylkill Haven. As Mrs.

Reber pondered her daughter's brutal and sadistic death, she was puzzled why no one in the apartment house heard anything. She confirmed what police had said that a conversation in one apartment could be heard in other apartments. Peggy's sister, Cathryn and her husband, Richard Boyer, had on Friday morning moved out of an apartment next to that occupied by Mrs. daughter. Cathryn Reber and and Peggy are twins.

Mrs. Richard Boyer became the mother of a daughter, Samantha Lynn, about two and one-half weeks ago. Asked whether Peggy had any enemies, Mrs. Reber said "There might have been one or two." Pressed for details she would only say, "Because of Ray it might be jealousy." There were at least four keys to the Reber apartment, Mrs. Reber told the Daily News.

In addition to keys she and Peggy had, Ray Boyer had a key and a fourth was, Mrs. Reber said, in the possession of a man she identified as Arthur Root, a former boyfriend. There is one police theory that Peggy knew her killer. The apartment door was not forced Boyer had planned to go out to open and there was no sign of a eat Friday evening. struggle at the death scene.

House-To-House Battle Rages In Saigon Suburbs (Continued From Put Oni) in men and supplies from Laos, eight miles farther west. The enemy staging areas have been pounded daily by the Air Force's big B52 strikes, but one 4th Division fire' base west of Dak To was hit by an estimated 1,000 rockets and mortars and then the North Vietnamese tried to overrun it Sunday. Fight Hand-To-Hand In a 12-hour battle, the attackers broke through the base perimeter and worked their way into five bunkers before they were stopped. After the North Vietnamese were driven out in hand-to-hand battles, the Americans found 102 enemy bodies on the edge of the camp and believed another 100 bodies were dragged away. Russian-made tanks, reported to have entered the area from Laos, have not yet been engaged, said Brig.

Gen, John R. Hickman, the 4th Division's commander. But he said tank trails have been found. Two U.S. helicopters have been shot down, but all aboard were rescued unhurt.

Up'Bt South Vietnam's northern frontier, more hard fighting was reported between U.S. Marines and North Vietnamese, with enemy artillerymen boom ing away at U.S. bases from Khe Sanh, on the western flank of the demilitarized zone to Dong Ha on the east. Eight Skirmishes In preliminary reports military spokesmen said 126 North Vietnamese and 21 Marines were killed in eight skirmishes along the DMZ Monday and -today, and another 186 Leathernecks were wounded. South Vietnamese infantrymen reported killing 96 North Vietnamese in the Dong Ha sector.

The Viet Cong rockets screamed into Saigon and the northern suburb of Gia Dinh in early morning darkness, killing at least 14 South Vietnamese civilians, military spokesmen announced. Eleven of the dead were in Gia Dinh, and 46 civil ians were reported wounded. Six miles to the northwest, troops of the U.S. 25th Infantry Division battled a force of more than 400 most of Monday and said they killed at least 218 and capturing two, wiping out per haps half of the enemy force. The Americans reported six of their men killed and 28 wounded.

Like the fighting around Sai gon, the fighting along the DMZ also was in its fourth day. North Vietnamese gunners apparently firing from inside the demilitarized zone, blasted the Marines with heavy artillery. The United States retaliated by sending Air Force B52 bombers to saturate the area inside the DMZ above Dong Ha in three raids Monday night. U.S Marine fighter-bombers also streaked over the DMZ, seeking war supplies heading for the North Vietnamese troops inside and below the zone. One heavy ground fight was centered three miles south of Gio Linh, with 9th Regiment Marines taking on more than 100 North Vietnamese.

The enemy slammed artillery and mortars into Leatherneck positions while keeping up a steady stream of small arms fire. Initial reports said eight North Vietnamese and 13 Marines were killed, and 126 Marines wounded in the battle. In the air campaign against North Vietnam's southern panhandle, U.S. pilots claimed they knocked out 14 antiaircraft guns of the older, 57mm and 85mm varieties Monday and of the new 100mm types. The formidable 100mm guns were spotted for the first time in the war last week, and U.S.

fliers reported destroying or damaging 16 of them Sunday. Other Air Force and Navy fliers raided a petroleum storage area near coastal Vinh, a surface-to-air missile site, three bridges, a truck convoy and a transshipment point. In Saigon, the National Police announced that Viet Cong ter- orists last week killed 108 civilians in South Vietnam, wounded 305 and kidnaped 214. Figures for the previous week were 148 killed, 607 wounded and 214 ab ducted. At the U.S.

Army 'ngistic base at Long Binh, nor of Sai gon, the outgoing comnu.nder of U.S. forces in Vietnam, Gen. William C. Westmoreland, bade farewell Monday to the 335,000 U.S. Army men in Vietnam.

It was another in a series of farewell ceremonies and visits for Westmoreland around his command before he becomes Army chief of staff. Annvilie-Cleona Ciub Note Parents' Night ANNVELLE, May 28 The Annville-Cleona Kiwanis Club met Monday evening in the Green Terrace Restaurant. John O'Hara, president, conducted the meeting. Roger Deininger gave the invocation; Paul Kettering the benediction and Allen Bink ley, led the group singing. The club observed parents night with the parents of eight members attending.

Paul Kettering, program chairman, intro duced. Henry Westenberger of the Lebanon County Historical Society. He showed pictures of Lebanon County from the 1900 to 1930 era. The pictures included scenes of Lebanon, Cleona, Annville, Palmyra, Hershey and Mt. Gretna.

Four members and their wives attended the recent 10th anniversary meeting at Mech anicsburg. It was announced that the June 3, meeting will be a work night at the Annville-Cleona pool pavilion. The annual auction will be June 8 at the Annville- Cleona pool pavilion. LOVE LOST LILLE, France (UPI)-Striking municipal workers today announced all city hall mania ges are banned until further notice. MARTIN'S FARM MARKET ROUTE 422 3 MILES EAST OF LEBANON OPEN ALL DAY MEMORIAL DAY RED RADISHES FANCY GREEN ONIONS PINEAPPLES SEEDLESS CAL, GRAPES CALIFORNIA CELERY LARGE SLICING TOMATOES LARGE CANTALOUPES BUNCH 3 BUNCHES EACH 50 490 LARGE STALK 3-LB.

EACH $1 .00 INDIAN RIVER PINK SEEDLESS G'FRUIT 10 FOR 69f, CALIFORNIA PLUMS FRESH SAUSAGE RIB STEAK FRESH CHICKEN LEGS BOILED HAM LB. PLAIN OR CORIANDER LB. 390 750 LB. 450 H.LB. 550 LARGE SUPPLY OF FRESH STRAWBERRIES AND WATERMELONS Cold Wind, Rain Topples Dining Tent In Poor City (Continued From Ont) slue circus tent in which they their meals had been toppled over by the wind and rain.

The main mooring of the tent still was secure but the canvas top had ripped loose from one of the poles. Another tent' nearby was hastily pressed into service as a makeshift dining hall where marchers who ventured forth from their huts found a cold breakfast of cornflakes, buns, fruit juice and coffee. A portable heater was installed in the tent to take some of the damp, 54-degree chill off the air. Huts Evacuated Some low-lying sections of the hut city were under five inches of water. Ten or 12 huts in that area had to be evacuated because water had risen above the level of the plywood floors, which are raised about four inches above ground by 2-by-4 boards used as joists.

The worst flooding was in the section nearest the Lincoln Memorial. The other end of the site, nearer the Washington Monument, was relatively dry, being on higher ground. Dr. Murray Grant, head of the District of Columbia Health Department, told UPI public health doctors have been "constantly surveying the situation" at the hut city. Despite the bad weather Grant said, the health depart ment does not any type of epidemic outbreak othei than colds or other respiratory ailments." A doctor at the site told a reporter several cases of colds had been treated but that he had not yet seen any evidence of pneumonia.

He said he was not particularly worried aboul an outbreak of influenza or pneumonia "at this time" but added that continued rainy weather "wouldn't 'help the situation." Meanwhile, black leaders of the Poor People's Campaign voiced confidence that they would be able to head off threatened defection by Mexican-Americans and Indians who claim they are being discrimin ated against by the Negro majority. Reies Tijerina, the fiery Mexican-American spokesman from Albuquerque who raised the complaint, seemed some what placated Monday after a meeting with the march leader the Rev. Ralph David Aber nathy. But Tijerina said his people would not move into Resurrection City, USA, the. Poor People's base camp, until they had assurances of a voice in the campaign.

The New Mexico activist also was holding ofi until he could confer with Mad Bear, a powerful Indian leader due here today. After talking with Tijerina Abernathy said there were no serious like in a large family, there were just some minor disagreements. The weather did little to brighten spirits. As has happened repeatedly since the marchers began arriving here in early May, rain poured down and turned Resurrection City into a chill quagmire. Most of the poor stayed in their A-frame shanties and gathered all the clothing they could to keep warm.

Tijerina stood in the rain al the gate to the camp and told reporters he was speaking foi poor whites and Indians as well as his own people when he said: "The black militants seem to have taken over out here and nobody gets a chance to talk." After the peace meeting, the Rev. Andrew Young, executive vice president of Abernathy's Southern Christian Leadership Council, told newsmen: "No one in the camp has really had an equal voice up to now because we've been so busy dealing with emergency situa tions (such as quarters and mud) that we haven't been able to set up democratic procc dures. "We're moving to lake care of that now." Bernard Lee, another SCLC leader who snt, in on the meeting, said: "You've just got to get used to the fact that poor folks fuss a lot." Daily NEWS Raymond Stima and Paul Miller; Lebanon Detective Clifford Roland; State Police Sgt. Eugene Rickert, State Police Cpl. Arthur W.

McNally and Trooper Vincent Graci. Police Against Blank Wall In Probe Of Murder (Continued From Page One) edly took an overdose of medication. Christiansen said a stomach pump was used and she was then released. Mrs. Reber admitted to a Lebanon Daily News reporter on Monday that her daughter was "going steady" with Ray Charles Boyer, 19, who on Saturday afternoon was picked up and jailed on a non-support charge filed by his wife.

It was Boyer's archery bow that was found protruding from Margaret's body at the time her body was discovered. Boyer, according to Christiansen, is the only person who has definitely been cleared as a suspect in the murder. Christiansen said Margaret was seen alive in the Maple Leaf Apartments by Constable William Kimmel when he picked up Boyer there about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Boyer, a Myerstown foundry firm employe, is a brother of Richard Boyer, Lebanon RD 2, the husband of Margaret's twin sister Cathryn.

Continue Tests Tests were still being made today to determine whether the girl was sexually assaulted by her killer. It was reliably reported that there was one bite mark in the chest area of her body. Dr. Leonard Tanner, Good Samaritan Hospital pathologist who performed the autopsy, said the primary cause of death was the insertion of the bow into her body. One police theory is that the girl may have been the victim of a case of mistaken identity.

Another is that she knew her assailant. The electricity in the third floor apartment had been turned, off by the landlord in an eviction attempt, police said. It was theorized that in the dark the killer may have mistaken the girl for someone else. Mrs. Reber said a girl friend of her daughter had been scheduled to move into the apartment during the past weekend.

The time that the murder occurred is one of the many un- IN HAPPIER TIMES Margaret Lynn (Peggy) Reber (right) and her twin sister Cathryn were 10 years old when this photo was taken. Margaret was murdered Saturday or early Sunday morning in her apartment here. Her sister was treated at the Good Samaritan Hospital early today for what was described as an overdose of medication. known factors -in the investigation. Mrs.

Reber found her daughter's body about 3:30 a.m. Sunday. At the time she was returning home from a visit to New Jersey where she said she went Friday afternoon with two male friends. She. was unable to give their names to a newsman.

It is believed that the girl had been dead several hours before her body was found. It was reported that rigor mortis had set in and her body temperature had dropped. Dr. Tanner said many conditions, such as the temperature of the apartment, would have a bearing on. the establishment of the time of the girl's death.

As investigators talked about the case they kept coming back to what Christiansen said was the fact "that many, many people had been in the apartment while Mrs. Reber and her daughter lived there." He added, "This is what makes the case difficult to solve." Private funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday morning for the girl. The ristman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and burial will be made at Grandview Memorial Park. The Rev. Robert C.

Benner, pastor of the Seventh Street Lutheran Church, is scheduled to officiate. The murder victim had -been baptized in this church. County jail officials said her boy friend, Ray Boyer, had made inquiries about attending a viewing for her. No viewing has been scheduled, it was reported. SWINGING AFFAIR NEW YORK (UPI)-A party of sorts was scheduled today at a police warehouse in Brooklyn.

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