It’s been 10 years since the kidnapping and murder of 17-year-old Jessica Dishon.
After the initial suspect, David “Bucky” Brooks, was indicted but the proceedings ended in a mistrial, there has been no other charges.
There were hundreds of theories in back in 1999 with just as many suspects named. Yet, to date, another trial has not been held.
After the media circus which surrounded the case 10 years ago and the ensuing trial, things have been quiet.
A family so dearly wants to have some closure to this horrendous event but that will take some courage on the part of members of this community.
Short of a jailhouse confession, don’t look for anyone to turn themselves into law enforcement.
Instead, it will take members of the community who know something but have been afraid to speak.
Even a decade later, there are individuals who are living with the guilt of knowing details of the case. They might not know who did it but they know pieces of the puzzle which have not been filled in.
I understand the fear of her friends, most of them being teenagers at Bullitt Central, and not wanting to come forward for whatever reason.
But 10 years have passed and the family deserves some closure. And Brooks’ family would also like some closure.
Larry Carroll, a detective working on the case for the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department, would love to have any tips - including anonymous calls.
It is hard to believe that 10 years has passed.
It seemed like just a few months ago that detectives were searching a wide area off Deatsville Road when Jessica Dishon, a student at Bullitt Central, didn’t return home from school.
Hundreds of volunteers combed the area before her remains were found off Greenwell Ford Road, an area law enforcement officials said had been searched on several occasions prior to the disclosure.
Even before the case went to trial, there were signs that trouble was brewing.
Detectives in the case - the late Charles Mann and Jim Adams - were spending more time doing media interviews and answering phone calls than they had time to work on the investigation.
From the first day, the case should have been handed off to an agency with more manpower and more expertise.
The FBI became involved in the investigation, which seemed to be a very good thing. The problem was, as was discussed during the trial, that once Brooks was spotlighted as the prime suspect, the attention narrowed and few other possibilities were investigated.
During trial, I learned that the FBI does not videotape its interviews. I felt that was a material problem with the case as jury members wanted to see Brooks during the investigations. He would not take the stand during the trial.
If the FBI told me that Joe Blow was the prime suspect, I would believe them.
Without an eyewitness, prosecutor Michael Mann did not have that one single piece of evidence that would have tied anyone to the scene. Not securing Dishon’s car at the home was another major flaw of the investigation.
There was a lot of circumstantial evidence that the prosecutor was hoping the jury could piece together to find Brooks guilty. The jury never got to that point.
With the cameras following every move of the case, the jury never had the opportunity to make its voice heard.
Detective Mann uttered the words that can’t be said in court - lie detector. Once the detective mentioned those words, Judge Thomas Waller had no choice but to declare an immediate mistrial.
Even that caused a side issue as the court had to determine whether the detective intentionally mentioned the lie detector test. Waller determined that it was a mistake and not intentional.
Since that time, no charges have been filed on anyone else.
Prior detectives Jim McAuliffe, Steve Estes and Scotty McGaha went on several occasions to prisons in the state to talk with inmates stating they had information. Nothing panned out.
The time has come for anyone who worked, went to school and socialized with Jessica Dishon to say what they know. It is time for this family to have some closure.
There is no way they can ever have a normal life. But at least they would have some knowledge on how was responsible and why it happened.
If anyone has any information - no matter how big or small - they can make an anonymous call to the sheriff’s office at 543-2514.