Friday, November 09, 2007

Inevitable Outcome (Rowan Ford's body found)


OZARK, Mo. — A 9-year-old southwest Missouri girl missing for a week was found dead Friday in a sinkhole in eastern McDonald County, a law enforcement official said.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because authorities had not yet made an official announcement, said the body of Rowan Ford was found on private land near Powell, about 10 miles south of the girl's hometown of Stella, a village of about 200 people.

A spokeswoman for the Newton County Sheriff's Department, which has been handling the case, declined to comment pending an 11 a.m. CST news conference in Neosho. The Newton County prosecutor's office also declined to comment.

Stella Mayor Bill Alsop, who answered the phone at the family's home Friday, said authorities told the girl's mother that morning that the body was very likely that of Rowan.

"Ken Copeland, Newton County sheriff, came, and he told her they found the body of the little girl, and they were 99 percent sure it was her daughter," Alsop said. He said Mrs. Spears was "pretty shook up."

Rowan was reported missing Saturday after her mother, Colleen Spears, returned home from a night shift at a Wal-Mart in a nearby town and couldn't find her daughter. Rowan's stepfather, David Spears, told investigators he last saw the girl asleep in her room around 10:45 p.m. Friday before he left her alone and went out with friends.

Colleen and David Spears spent much of Saturday looking for Rowan at the homes of acquaintances where they thought the girl might have gone, then reported the girl missing at 6:50 p.m.

Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland has said David Spears told authorities that he left the girl alone when he went out on Friday night and did not check on her after his friends dropped him off at midnight.

Spears also later told authorities that he called his mother sometime after 1 a.m. Saturday and asked to use her vehicle, Copeland has said. She took it to him about half an hour later, then stayed at his house while her son left in her vehicle for about 5 1/2 hours, Copeland has said.

Copeland also has said that Spears has not been able to explain what he did in those 5 1/2 hours. He has not been accused of any crime.

Spears, who has been staying with his parents, has said it was wrong for him to have left the girl alone.

Via FoxNews


Blogger Fish-2 said...

It doesn't look like they have to look far to find the guilty party in that one does it. Now it's just a case of proving it. Things like that makes you wish whipping hadn't gone out of style as a punishment.

11/09/2007 8:11 PM  
Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

I read about this on your blog earlier today and just found out that the stepfather had been arrested and popped over to say your hunch was right. I still don't understand. I hope it wasn't a sexual murder. I shouldn't read this stuff before going to bed.

11/10/2007 1:38 AM  
Blogger Cookie..... said...

...or castration... :-)

11/10/2007 8:40 AM  
Blogger white trash republican said...

I'm glad they've finally arrested the guy. Maybe that was the plan-just let him run his yap long enough, boo-hoo for the cameras and let him run out all the rope they needed to hang him.
I mean, c'mon! His story was just screaming "Please, somebody arrest me!!!"
As I understand it, there are also others involved. No doubt his weasely pals he was with that night.

11/10/2007 8:57 AM  
Blogger Cookie..... said...

Sadly...after I read your posting about this the other day...I was afraid that would be the inevitable outcome. I was in the Homicide Division, and the Crime Lab for over 13 years...and my last investigation was that of an abused, raped and murdered child...I transfered out of the Crime Lab that day....13 years of death fried this man...and that was the coup de grace....

11/10/2007 1:56 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

God rest the poor little ones soul. I hope she didn't suffer.

so unchristian of me to say - but I hope the step father does suffer.

11/10/2007 3:44 PM  
Blogger white trash republican said...

Sadly she did. I haven't cried over something on tv news in years, not since the Susan Smith case. Tonight I wept at what details were released concerning her death and final moments. Abject horror.

And no, don't worry about being unchristian at that remark. Jesus Himself even wished that anyone that harmed a child should be tossed in the sea with a millstone around their neck!
That, tho, is too good for these 2 guys.

11/10/2007 8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both will ride the system for twenty or so years.Each needs to be castrated,one nut at a time,in public as a deterrent.

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11/11/2007 12:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a feeling that this man chose the mother to date and marry because

1. she had a young child
2. she worked nights

and he was waiting for the right moment to fulfill his sick impulses.

also wonder if anyone in his family, ex-wife knew about this but ignored it.

i feel this young girl's death could have been prevented if she had a mother who put her daughter's well being before having a husband.

11/11/2007 10:45 PM  

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