For 44 years, a gold ring that spells out the word “Love” sat in a Bucks County Detectives evidence locker. The ring, with a diamond chip in the center of the letter “O,” was among the crime scene evidence from one of the most heinous murders in Bucks County history.
On Friday, the ring was returned to the family of Shaun Eileen Ritterson, the young woman who wore it. Shaun was 20 years old when her mutilated body was found on June 11, 1977, dumped on the side of Church Hill in Buckingham Township.
District Attorney Matt Weintraub and Bucks County Detectives met with Shaun’s sister, Grace Ritterson Gordon, in a private gathering Friday to return the ring and to offer this office’s support to her family.
"Returning Shaun's ring to her family is the right thing to do," District Attorney Weintraub said. "To me, it signifies that no victim is ever forgotten. Our humanity is much more important that preserving a piece of evidence in an old, old case just for the sake of posterity."