10 Years Pass, Teague's Mom Demands Answers

Published: Aug. 26, 2005 at 11:16 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 30, 2005 at 10:09 PM CDT
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Reporter: Shannon Samson

New Media Producer: Kerry Corum

Friday marks the ten-year anniversary of the disappearance of Heather Teague. A witness claims to have seen someone drag her from a Henderson County beach at gunpoint. She hasn't been heard from since. And to this day, her mother holds out hope she will be found, and wonders why Kentucky State Police haven't located her. She's not the only one.

Sarah Teague is moving all the mementos of her daughter into a new house, where she knows she will be much happier - that is, if the void in her heart is finally filled. She doesn't blame the new detective assigned to her daughter's missing persons case, but she thinks the initial ones were negligent and inept. It's only been in the last year that she's found out about blood stains on the inside tailgate of suspect Marty Dills' Bronco - the same Bronco investigators pulled a hair out of in 1995.

Authorities have just recently taken a saliva sample from 40-year-old Christopher Below, currently behind bars, after confessing to the murder of a young woman in Ohio. It was the investigator in the Kathern Fetzer murder case that tracked down Below in Evansville in 2003, and started asking questions about other unsolved cases in the region. He and Evansville Police Detective Brent Melton originally tried to link the western Kentucky native to five missing or murdered women. They just added Erica Lee Fraysure of Brooksville, Kentucky and Laney Gwinner of Fairfield, Ohio to that list. Fraysure disappeared in October of 1997, Gwinner vanished two months later. Her body was eventually found in the Ohio River.

Detectives say there are just too many similarities in the cases of these seven women, but won't give specifics for fear of information being leaked to Below in prison. Detective Melton says the Heather Teague case is still technically in the hands of Kentucky State Police, but if it were his investigation, he would focus more on the possibility that Dill was only an accomplice in the kidnapping. Melton says enhancement of the crime scene video shows a man he believes looks like a clean-shaven Dill sitting in the driver's seat of his Bronco, while someone else appears to be ransacking Heather's car. The most compelling evidence to him, is how Below's torso appears to be identical to the sketch of the suspect, described by the only eyewitness.

Sarah Teague is relieved that now, it's not just her questioning the investigation, and pleased that a billboard in Henderson is reminding people that Heather has been gone ten long years. She still holds out hope that she's alive, but knows it is unlikely.

Detective Tim Rascoe of the Kentucky State Police is currently in charge of the Teague investigation. He did respond to an email request for an interview, only to refer us to a community relations person for the state police in Frankfort. Even Governor Ernie Fletcher is involved in declaring August 26th, Heather Teague Day across the Commonwealth.