What happened in the summer of '86? That's a question Owensboro investigators are hoping to finally answer. Three young people disappeared within weeks of each other. One was found months later, dead in a Daviess County cornfield.
For years police focused on one suspect, but just recently began looking in another direction. John Reneer recently talked with Stefanie Silvey, about suspicions that have followed him for years in the disappearances of Angie Dickens, Shannon Green and Dewayne Bell. Reneer said he didn't hurt anyone, but he knew who did.
In 1986, he gave police a secretly taped conversation he had with Dewayne Bell, shortly before he disappeared. Police say, on that tape, Bell confessed to killing several people. Reneer said Bell took him to the bodies of Shannon Green and Angie Dickens, and also implicated his father David Bell in taking part in Shannon Green's murder.
But police say it's David Bell who hasn't been telling the truth. They say he's made several inconsistent statements.
David Bell: "And we worked there for an hour, maybe an hour and a half, and then he rode off, down the alley, and that's the last time I saw him."
But police say Dewayne's bike was found still at the house. In contrast to Bell's latest account...
And police say, most suspicious is the taped conversation between Dewayne Bell and John Reneer. Reneer told police he played the tape for David Bell the day his son vanished.
But Bell says the tape he heard back then isn't the same tape police have now.
But police say nine other family members confirm the voice on the tape is Dewayne, and they say they have growing suspicions about Dewayne's parents. David Bell moved to Arizona just days after his son's disappearance and Dewayne's mother waited more than a week to report her son missing.
But he says police are making that impossible.
Bell says he believes Reneer hurt Shannon, and his son knew about it, which got his son killed as well.
Bell now says his son called for him after he left town.
But he never got the chance to talk to him.
But investigators question why Reneer would want to kill both Dewayne and his father, unless Reneer's account of what happened is true. Reneer has admitted to wanting to kill both men after hearing Dewayne's claims of what happened to Shannon, but insists he never got the chance. A lie detector test backs up his claims.
Bell said he's still undecided about talking to police and taking a polygraph. The day after this interview, Bell was arrested on a parole violation for a recent DUI. He's now in jail. Police say they've received numerous calls and tips.