The Indiana State Police instituted a Cold Case Team concept in 1998 to allow veteran homicide detectives to work intensely on a single homicide case without the distraction of receiving new cases. The first team, consisting of Detectives Al Williamson and Tom Littlefield, started working cold cases from the northern Indiana area in 1998. A second team, consisting of Detective Alan McElroy and Sergeant Detective M.L. "Bud" Allcron, was officially formed in 2000. Prior to the official designation of Cold Case Team, Detectives McElroy and Allcron had worked together on other high-profile murder investigations.
Both teams have had success using the Cold Case concept. The southern team of McElroy and Allcron were instrumental in the investigation that culminated in the arrest and multiple murder convictions of nurse Orville Lynn Majors from Vermillion County. After Majors was convicted and sentenced to a 360-year prison term, McElroy and Allcron turned their attention to the 1996 disappearance of Greene County resident, Annette Michelle Stephens. Their investigation, with the assistance of the Greene County Sheriffís Department, led to the arrest and conviction of her then husband, Jesse Stephens. The team's next case was the re-investigation of the 1968 Martinsville homicide case of Carol Jenkins, a young girl who was murdered in Martinsville. The case lingered for over thirty years until McElroy and Allcron, working with the Martinsville Police Department, reviewed the investigation. Based upon this investigation the Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney filed murder charges against Kenneth Richmond. Richmond died before standing trial.
After the Carol Jenkins case McElroy and Allcron were assigned to review the 1988 Brazil, Indiana murder of Ricky Mustard and his stepdaughter, Tonya Pickett. The detectives have worked on this case for the past eleven months and are presently seeking assistance from members of the Brazil, Indiana community who may have information about this case. The public was reintroduced to the Mustard/Pickett murder case at a news conference that was held in Brazil this morning.
Additional information about this case is contained in a state police news release titled "1988 Double Homicide Investigated by Indiana State Police", which was released today.