Prosecutor Searching for Murder Victim’s Family

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Dale Collins, convicted of the murder of Helen Shay in 1975, is up for parole on March 27.

The Summit County Prosecutor’s office is asking for the public’s help in finding any family members of a woman who was brutally murdered in her Summit County home in 1975.

Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Sherri Bevan Walsh is asking for anyone with information about the family of Helen Shay to contact the Victim Services Division of the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office at (330) 643-2800.

Shay was murdered by Dale Collins on December 23, 1975, and according to Bevan Walsh, Collins, who had shoveled Shay’s driveway earlier that day, called his elderly neighbor and asked if she would like some company.

Shay agreed but said she did not want Collins to bring anyone with him.

According to Bevan Walsh, Collins knocked on Mrs. Shay’s door and when she answered, she was shoved to the ground by Collins and later pushed down a flight of steps to the basement.

Bevan Walsh says that Shay was then kicked and later choked to death with a dog chain.

After killing Shay, Collins, and two individuals, Michael Spuller and Collin’s brother ransacked the home.

Mrs. Shay’s sister, Julia Davis, discovered the body on Christmas Eve.

Dale Collins was sentenced to life in prison for aggravated murder and aggravated burglary with parole eligibility after 20 years.

On March 27, 2012 Collins goes before the Ohio Parole Board for a parole hearing.

Bevan Walsh is looking for Shay’s family members to attend the hearing or provide testimony.

Family member who contact the Victim Services Division are being asked to speak to Kristen Arapp.