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Two Men Have been Arrested in Death of Missing 9 Year Old Missouri Girl Rowan Ford

The case if missing 9 year old Rowan Ford is disturbing on so many levels. One account that hits home and describes the the fact that there are just no words to describe such a  heinous and senseless murder of an innocent 4th grader comes from “It is the Little Things” blog. How many times must we see that our children have been failed?

Two men have been arrested; however, no names released yet.Rowan Ford

Two men have been arrested in the death of 9 year old Rowan Ford. Rowan Ford was reported missing after her mother, Colleen Spears, returned home early Nov. 3 from a night shift at a Wal-Mart. Her body was found on private land about 10 miles south of the girl’s hometown of Stella. Authorities have determined Rowan’s death to be a homicide; however, they have not provided a cause of death yet. Authorities believe that Rowan Ford was killed in Barry County.

Two men have been arrested in the death of a 9-year-old girl whose body was found Friday in a hillside cave in southwest Missouri, authorities said. Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland identified one as a 24-year-old male and the other as a man of about the same age. (YAHOO News)

In another case of do not leave your child unattended and always check on your children when you return home, we are presented with the following account from the stepfather.Rowan_Ford2 

The girl’s stepfather, David Spears, told investigators he and two male friends were with Rowan the night before until they went out around 10:45 p.m. He returned home around midnight but did not check on the girl, Copeland said.

David Spears also later told authorities that he called his mother sometime after 1 a.m. 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 during that time. He has not been accused of a crime.

Two are in custody for kidnapping, murder of girl

Cross posted at Scared

UPDATE I: Girl’s Stepdad Denies Involvement in Disappearance

The stepfather of 9-year-old Rowan Ford denies any role in her death. David Spears left her alone Friday night when he went out with friends.

Law enforcement officials have said they are bothered by inconsistencies in Spears’ account of that night and the following day.

UPDATE II: Police Arrest Stepfather David Spears for Alleged Murder of Missouri Girl

The stepfather of a 9-year-old girl whose body was found Friday in a hillside cave in southwest Missouri was arrested in her death.

Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland confirmed late Friday night that David Spears, 24, was arrested in the death of Rowan Ford.

“The stepfather was a possible suspect,” Copeland told The Associated Press. “I will confirm that he has been arrested, as well as one of his friends.”

Copeland said a 24-year-old man from Wheaton, in adjacent Barry County, was also arrested. Charges had not been filed as of Friday night.

UPDATE III: Stepfather and friend charged with murder and rape of 9-year-old

Discuss the case at the Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Forum: Rowan Ford

November 10th, 2007 at 01:25am Posted by | abduction, arrested, child welfare, Crime/Murder, Found Deceased, kidnapped, Missing, Missing Children, Pictures, Search and Rescue | one comment

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