Police Officer August Mayford

Police Officer August Mayford

Alton Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, October 16, 1936

August Mayford

Officer August Mayford was shot and killed after being abducted while making his rounds.

When Officer Mayford failed to check in officers began to search for him. His body was found in an Edwardsville cornfield 15 days later. He had been badly beaten and shot in the back eight times while lying on the ground.

Although no suspects were ever identified, it was suspected that Officer Mayford interrupted a burglary and knew the suspects. It is believed that the suspects murdered him to prevent their apprehension.

Officer Mayford had served with the Alton Police Department for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 66
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never identified

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Thinking of Officer Mayford on this anniversary of when he was taken during his watch in Alton, his fellow officers, his wife (children Morris & Clotilda "Tillie",) I will do what I can to help solve your loss...I know you will help me

Jon Delano

October 16, 2017

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