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Emily Rittman, Paul McReynolds and Reporter, Photographer | September 24, 2010
After a murder conviction 25 years in the making, the families of other cold-case victims are holding out hope for justice.      A jury convicted Gerald Carnahan Thursday for the murder and rape of Jackie Johns in 1985. Johns’ father, Les Johns, received dozens of phone calls from family and friends relieved by the conviction. One phone call came from a father who understands Johns’ pain. Elmer Lewis’ daughter, Deb Lewis, disappeared two years after Jackie Johns.
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Terra Haff and News Producer | January 23, 2012
The Oregon County Sheriff's department says the dug up items near an Alton farm over the weekend. Sheriff George Underwood says he doesn't know if the clothes and other items found belong to Brenda Dunham who's been missing since 1985. They have sent the items off to a crime lab for tests. It could be a couple of weeks before those test will come back. No one has been arrested or charged with a crime in Dunham's disappearance.
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Terra Haff and News Producer | February 20, 2011
Renewed interest in a cold case could lead investiators to a parking lot in Springfield. Police say they are considering digging up a parking lot where some have speculated three missing women may be buried.        18-year-old Stacy McCall, 19-year-old Suzanne Streeter, and Suzanne's mom, Sherill Levitt vanished from Levitt's home in June 1992.        According to Police three detectives and one sergeant are currently working on the case. The disappearances will also be the subject of a national television show on Investigation Discovery next month.
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by Joe Daues KSPR News | April 19, 2012
A Neosho, MO woman is charged in connection with a 13 year old cold case out of southeast Missouri. 43 year old Tracy Lynn Rea is charged with second degree murder in the 1999 death of her step mother, Carla Austin. Butler County authorities exhumed Austin's body last month as part of a renewed investigation of the cold case. The Butler County sheriff says Austin was last seen in Qulin, MO in August 1999. He says hunters found her body three months later near a county road.
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Leigh Moody and WDAF and Anchor | January 25, 2012
A Kansas City area man is being extradicted to Nebraska on murder charges in connection to a 1989 cold case. Forty-five-year-old John Oldson is charged in the brutal beating death of Catherine Beard of Ord, Nebraska.. about 150 miles northwest of Lincoln. Authorities say new evidence and witnesses led to the arrest but there's no word from police on the break that led them to John Oldson. Beard was reported missing in 1989. Her remains weren't found until three years later in a pasture southeast of Ord.  Oldson is being held on one-million dollars bond.
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Terra Haff and News Producer | March 5, 2011
A national spotlight on three missing women from Springfield could help bring new light to a cold case.       The disappearance of 18-year-old Stacy McCall, 19-Year-old Suzie Streeter and Suzie's mom, Sherill Levitt is the subject of a documentary airing Monday.       One victim's mother hopes a program on Investigation Discovery channel might produce new leads. The documentary is called "The Springfield Three".       Even Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams is considering digging up a parking lot where some people think the women may be buried.
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Reporter: Lauren Matter, Photographer: Joel Girdner and lmatter@kspr.com, jgirdner@kspr.com | May 23, 2012
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. - The Pulaski County Sheriff says it's the only cold case in his county and after more than 30 years no progress has been made. An unidentified middle aged woman was found strangled to death and all authorities have to go by is a picture of her body. The body was found in rural Pulaski County in a creek bed off Highway MM near Dixon. To this day little is known about this Jane Doe, but with some help from social media, one Waynesville woman wants to change that.
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KSPR Staff and news@kspr.com | October 24, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A McDonald County Sheriff's detective says she may have come across a possible break in the two-decade old case of three missing women in Springfield. Sherill Levitt, Suzy Streeter and Stacy McCall disappeared in June 1992.  Detective Lorie Howard says she interviewed a man in another cold case.  She believes that investigation may have turned up a new lead in the three missing women case.   Detectives in the state of Indiana are investigating the same man for another cold case.
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by Joanna Small and Brandon Foster, KSPR News and Reporter and Photographer | March 14, 2013
HOLLISTER, Mo. -- Ten years almost to the date and Ozarks officials say they've solved a cold case murder.  Philip Dodd is already in prison for another crime.  Now he's charged with killing Rebecca Sutton, 19, in her apartment in Hollister before dumping her body in Mark Twain National Forest.   The Hollister Gables apartment complex is a different place today -- different tenants, different management.  But people who have been around the area for the past decade remember what happened there well.  Sutton was last seen on March 20, 2003.  Now we know what happened to her. "I think this is a really positive development for our entire community to have a breakthrough like this," Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell said at a news conference in Forsyth on Thursday afternoon.
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KSPR News | February 19, 2010
Gerald Carnahan will stand trial in September for the 1985 murder of Jackie Johns, a judge in St. Louis ruled Friday. But that date could slip because Carnahan's lead attorney is recovering from cancer surgery. Carnahan is charged with first-degree murder and rape in the death of Johns. She was 20 when she vanished after leaving work in Nixa in June 1985. Her body was found several days later in Lake Springfield. Carnahan was arrested in 2007, after police said they found a DNA match to evidence in the cold case.
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by Mary Moloney, KSPR News and mmoloney@kspr.com | October 1, 2013
CHADWICK, Mo. -- Two national cold cases spanning more than 30 years have come to life in the Ozarks and focused on an elderly couple. Gerald Uden, 71, and Alice Louise Uden, 74, were quietly living out their senior years in the rural Ozarks near Chadwick.  The couple attended church and raised two adult children in the small town. "They were good people; we've known them for about 12 years now. They're the kind of neighbors you leaned over the fence and talked about your chickens with," said Allen Bishop.
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by Joanna Small, KSPR News and Reporter | October 1, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Cold cases certainly generate a lot of interest but resolutions like the one with the elderly Christian County couple arrested for separate and multiple murders 30 years later one are rare.  That's according to local law enforcement.  In fact, they say solving a cold case murder is probably the most challenging thing a detective can do, if there's even time to do it.  About a half a decade ago cold case squads within...
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by Joanna Small and Brandon Foster, KSPR News and Reporter and Photographer | March 14, 2013
HOLLISTER, Mo. -- Ten years almost to the date and Ozarks officials say they've solved a cold case murder.  Philip Dodd is already in prison for another crime.  Now he's charged with killing Rebecca Sutton, 19, in her apartment in Hollister before dumping her body in Mark Twain National Forest.   The Hollister Gables apartment complex is a different place today -- different tenants, different management.  But people who have been around the area for the past decade remember what happened there well.  Sutton was last seen on March 20, 2003.  Now we know what happened to her. "I think this is a really positive development for our entire community to have a breakthrough like this," Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell said at a news conference in Forsyth on Thursday afternoon.
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Dave Stewart, Managing Editor and dstewart@kspr.com | February 28, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The U.S Marshals want to turn up the heat on a cold case of a convicted felon who went underground more than five years ago. Larry Allen Chamberlin, 56, was convicted in the U.S. Federal Court District of Kansas for selling firearms without a license in 1980. A year later, he was convicted in Missouri for several counts of burglary and stealing. Deputy U.S. Marshal Darren Lane says after 1981, Larry Chamberlin fell off the radar, until he went to a garage sale in 2006.
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KSPR Staff and news@kspr.com | October 24, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A McDonald County Sheriff's detective says she may have come across a possible break in the two-decade old case of three missing women in Springfield. Sherill Levitt, Suzy Streeter and Stacy McCall disappeared in June 1992.  Detective Lorie Howard says she interviewed a man in another cold case.  She believes that investigation may have turned up a new lead in the three missing women case.   Detectives in the state of Indiana are investigating the same man for another cold case.
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Dave Stewart, Managing Editor and dstewart@kspr.com | September 6, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The U.S Marshals hope to turn up the heat on a cold case of a convicted felon who went underground more than five years ago. Larry Allen Chamberlin, 56, was convicted in the U.S. Federal Court District of Kansas for selling firearms without a license in 1980. A year later, he was convicted in Missouri for several counts of burglary and stealing. Deputy U.S. Marshal Darren Lane says after 1981, Larry Chamberlin fell off the radar, until he went to a garage sale in 2006.
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Mary Moloney, KSPR News and mmoloney@kspr.com | June 6, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- It's been almost 20 years since Stacy McCall, Sherill Levitt, and Suzanne Streeter disappeared without a trace from a home in central Springfield. Purses, money, cars, and even the family dog were found untouched untouched. At the time, police believed the women were abducted. 20 years ago, Mark Webb was a sergeant with the Springfield Police Department. He was originally assigned to investigate the case. "Three human beings have now vanished off the face of the earth without any explanation," said Webb, now Chief of the Marionville Police Department.
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Reporter: Lauren Matter, Photographer: Joel Girdner and lmatter@kspr.com, jgirdner@kspr.com | May 23, 2012
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. - The Pulaski County Sheriff says it's the only cold case in his county and after more than 30 years no progress has been made. An unidentified middle aged woman was found strangled to death and all authorities have to go by is a picture of her body. The body was found in rural Pulaski County in a creek bed off Highway MM near Dixon. To this day little is known about this Jane Doe, but with some help from social media, one Waynesville woman wants to change that.
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by Joe Daues KSPR News | April 19, 2012
A Neosho, MO woman is charged in connection with a 13 year old cold case out of southeast Missouri. 43 year old Tracy Lynn Rea is charged with second degree murder in the 1999 death of her step mother, Carla Austin. Butler County authorities exhumed Austin's body last month as part of a renewed investigation of the cold case. The Butler County sheriff says Austin was last seen in Qulin, MO in August 1999. He says hunters found her body three months later near a county road.
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Leigh Moody and WDAF and Anchor | January 25, 2012
A Kansas City area man is being extradicted to Nebraska on murder charges in connection to a 1989 cold case. Forty-five-year-old John Oldson is charged in the brutal beating death of Catherine Beard of Ord, Nebraska.. about 150 miles northwest of Lincoln. Authorities say new evidence and witnesses led to the arrest but there's no word from police on the break that led them to John Oldson. Beard was reported missing in 1989. Her remains weren't found until three years later in a pasture southeast of Ord.  Oldson is being held on one-million dollars bond.
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