SHEPHERDSVILLE -- It was Sept. 10, 1999, when a 17-year-old Bullitt Central student was reported missing.
On Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, law enforcement officials believe they finally have the right man charged with the murder and kidnapping of Jessica Dawn Dishon.
Shortly before noon on Wednesday, the four-man, eight-woman Bullitt County Grand Jury panel handed down an indictment against Stanley Dishon, an uncle of the victim.
Dishon, who is currently housed in the Bullitt County Detention Center on other charges, was indicted for capital murder and kidnapping.
The capital murder charge could be punishable by the death penalty.
It was 14 years ago that David Greenwell, then a deputy with the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office, was the first on the scene of Dishon's car, which sat outside the family's home on Deatsville Road.
Now, as sheriff, an emotional Greenwell broke down as he spoke with reporters following the indictment.
"It's really special," said Greenwell. "I never stopped asking questions."
Throughout the years, Greenwell said tips had been received by the sheriff's office. During his tenure the past three years, Greenwell said every tip has been followed up.
Over the course of the past 5-6 months, Greenwell said the agency has spent hundreds of hours as some very credible information was presented.
Without going into details of the investigation, Greenwell said Det. Lynn Hunt, a retired homicide detective for Louisville Metro Police, was able to put together pieces of the case.
The sheriff thanked Gary Huffman of the LMPD for assisting Hunt on the case.
Even after all these years, Greenwell believes that the evidence will show that Dishon is the only person responsible for the strangulation of Jessica Dishon.
"I feel very comfortable with the indictment," said Greenwell. "Our course it will be up to the jury after they've heard the evidence."
In looking at the past investigation, which led to a mistrial when it went to a jury in 2003, Greenwell said evidence had been preserved and new information received.
"I think we've indicted the right person," said Greenwell.
In the original trial, Bucky Brooks, a neighbor, was charged with the murder. That court proceeding ended in a mistrial.
Brooks was never tried again.
Greenwell said that Brooks is not a suspect in the newest investigation.
In fact, he hoped the indictment would allow some mending of the families who have been at odds since the murder.
"We have the only person who was involved," Greenwell said of Dishon.
On the day of the indictment, Greenwell said he had not been able to talk with Mike and Edna Dishon, the victim's parents, but they knew of the progress of the investigation by talking with Hunt.
He expected the family members to be happy with the indictment, even though the suspect is the brother of Jessica's father.
It was when Greenwell reflected back upon the initial investigation in 1999 that he became emotional.
"At the time, I did all I could do," said Greenwell. "But you never feel like you did enough."
While the case must still go to a jury, Greenwell said he feels relieved that this stage has been accomplished.
When Dishon was reported missing, search parties stayed busy for days. Her car was found at home but contained a purse, a shoe and some other items.
The case drew a lot of media attention. Her body would be found off Greenwell Ford Road a couple of weeks later. Then-coroner Tommy Kappel ruled that strangulation was the cause of death.
Investigators at the time said that 5-6 people were viewed as possible suspects with all being local residents.
Stanley Lewis Dishon, 55, is currently housed in the Bullitt County Detention Center. He was recently indicted on charges of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse.
Those charges allege that Dishon had sexual contact with a female less than 12 years of age during the year of 1982.
Bond on that case was set at $250,000 cash.
No arraignment date has been set in the newest case.