Investigators working to solve 20-year cold case - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Investigators working to solve 20-year cold case

It's been almost twenty years since the murder of Mischelle Lawless. It's been almost twenty years since the murder of Mischelle Lawless.
SCOTT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

It's been almost twenty years since the murder of Mischelle Lawless. It's a case Scott County investigators continue to work every day.

This case is so challenging because of the huge gap in the investigation. Those were gaps that came while an innocent man, Josh Kezer, sat in prison for 16 years.

And many potential leads to Lawless' murderer sat cold.

Then a part-time deputy, Sheriff Rick Walter, discovered Lawless beaten and shot in her car near the Benton exit in November 1992.

He says now new leads ranged from pieces of paper or old reports in a room of files. He's dedicated to the case to anonymous tips.

In the last few months they've been able to trace details in old reports and eliminate some potential persons of interest.

They've also had tips that generated leads Walter wishes would've been looked at further 20 years ago.

"We had information on a person of interest that was impersonating a law enforcement officer that was similar to the way Mischelle had been stopped," said Walter. "So we had to follow upon that. We then had to contact another law enforcement agency we discover that they had done a report in a week of when Mischelle had been killed. So that was a good suspect bit had to be chased down and cleared."

Walter says they have to clear every clue. But what he really needs is solid information to eventually find the killer.

"That's something that I need," said Walter. "I don't need hearsay. I need someone to come and tell me this is what I know let's do an interview and let's go to court."

Lawless' father Marvin Lawless says Mischelle's family prays someone will find the courage to come forward. He says he's confident someone out there knows exactly what happened.

Many in Scott County say there's real fear surrounding this case.

Copyright 2012 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • 2 suspects arrested after purse reported stolen in Jefferson Co., IL

    2 suspects arrested after purse reported stolen in Jefferson Co., IL

    Thursday, January 18 2018 7:03 PM EST2018-01-19 00:03:11 GMT
    (Source: Jefferson County, IL Sheriff's Department)(Source: Jefferson County, IL Sheriff's Department)

    Two people were put behind bars after deputies responded to a theft in Jefferson County, Illinois.

    Two people were put behind bars after deputies responded to a theft in Jefferson County, Illinois.

  • Murray State readies for 81st Annual Campus Lights

    Murray State readies for 81st Annual Campus Lights

    Thursday, January 18 2018 6:41 PM EST2018-01-18 23:41:56 GMT
    Campus Lights is the longest-running musical that is entirely produced and performed by students in the south.Campus Lights is the longest-running musical that is entirely produced and performed by students in the south.

    The 81st Annual Campus Lights, a long-standing Murray State University tradition, will take place Jan. 19–20 at 7 p.m. as well as Jan. 21 at 2:30 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium. Campus Lights is the longest-running musical that is entirely produced and performed by students in the south. 

    The 81st Annual Campus Lights, a long-standing Murray State University tradition, will take place Jan. 19–20 at 7 p.m. as well as Jan. 21 at 2:30 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium. Campus Lights is the longest-running musical that is entirely produced and performed by students in the south. 

  • Fundraiser to put special trauma kits into the hands of southern IL police

    Fundraiser to put special trauma kits into the hands of southern IL police

    Thursday, January 18 2018 6:21 PM EST2018-01-18 23:21:59 GMT
    (Source: Taylor Clark, KFVS)(Source: Taylor Clark, KFVS)

    A fundraiser is in effect in Southern Illinois between Shawnee Tactical Solutions and the Stop the Bleeding Coalition to put specialized trauma kits in the hands of police departments.

    In an effort to save more lives in active shooter situation and beyond, Shawnee Tactical Solutions and the Stop the Bleeding Coalition are partnering up to put special trauma kits in the hands of police officers.

Powered by Frankly