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Heartland News I-Team: Updates

According to Johnson City, Tenn. police, Oadis White reported finding Ashli's body in the basement of his rental house back in 2004. According to Johnson City, Tenn. police, Oadis White reported finding Ashli's body in the basement of his rental house back in 2004.
Now, we've learned Eagle Sky just bought 171 acres of land along the current river, south of Doniphan in Ripley County. Now, we've learned Eagle Sky just bought 171 acres of land along the current river, south of Doniphan in Ripley County.
Poplar Bluff attorney Jasper Edmundson says now is the time for those affected to file a claim against the previous deceased owner's estate. He says there should be enough money to cover the losses. Poplar Bluff attorney Jasper Edmundson says now is the time for those affected to file a claim against the previous deceased owner's estate. He says there should be enough money to cover the losses.
Several of the recent I-Team reports mark just the beginning of the efforts. Several of the recent I-Team reports mark just the beginning of the efforts.

After a story airs, the Heartland News I-Team is not done working for you.

In fact, several of the recent reports mark just the beginning of the efforts.

Answers for Ashli

Let's start with last week's report from Kathy Sweeney on the suspicious death of 19-year-old Ashli Ayers, and her connection to a man in prison for murder.

According to Johnson City, Tenn. police, Oadis White reported finding Ashli's body in the basement of his rental house back in 2004.

While White continues serving time for the 2010 murder of his girlfriend, we've confirmed White is a person of interest in the deaths of the three other women we named in the report.

Ashli's mom, Robin Drum, said she's anxious to hear more from authorities in Johnson City, who tell us there's "new interest" in Ashli's case.

Eagle Sky, Empty Nest?

Three weeks ago, Kathy Sweeney took you up for an eagle eye view of the non-profit's 4500 acre project in Wayne County. After nearly ten years of work, camp manager Bill Winner tells us they'll let the public know when the facility will open "when the time is right".

Now, we've learned Eagle Sky just bought 171 acres of land along the current river, south of Doniphan in Ripley County.

We've confirmed with the local realtor the property listed for $435,000. The deed for Eagle Sky's purchase from the Braschler estate came through the assessor's office last week.

No word on what the foundation actually paid. So, what are Eagle Sky's plans for this valuable piece of riverfront property?

Mike Peterson with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had this to say:

"Any project that could impact a stream, wetland, river, or any waters of the United States would have to apply for a Clean Water Act Section 404 permit", he said. "That can include plans and specifications, as well as their plans to avoid, minimize, or compensate for any negative impact."

We asked Peterson how soon a property owner would need to contact the Corps if there are plans to build on or somehow impact that property.

"They should apply for the permit as early as possible, to prevent anything from coming up that could affect their project", Peterson said, "because we really do look at the full environmental impact including fish and wildlife, endangered species, cultural resources, and things like that have to be taken into consideration. So, it's best to apply as early as possible because they do need to have that permit before ground is broken on a project."

Eagle sky will also need a permit from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Yes, we've contacted the foundation again, and no, we haven't heard back.

We'll stay focused on both properties and keep you posted.

Grave Disappointment in Butler County

More than a dozen people have reached out to Crystal Britt, saying they have been waiting months, even years for a headstone they paid for but never received.

We highlighted those concerns at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Poplar Bluff in an I-Team special report back in April. The affected families say they can't even get anyone from the cemetery to call them back. The cemetery owner died last spring, leaving her two sons in charge.

Poplar Bluff attorney Jasper Edmundson is representing Kyle Yarber, the official owner of the cemetery. Edmundson says now is the time for those affected to file a claim against the previous deceased owner's estate. He says there should be enough money to cover the losses.

For his part, Edmundson says he's not going to represent the current owner unless everyone gets their money back. Families still have about five months to file before the estate closes.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate.

In the meantime, we want to hear from you. Email your concerns or questions to us at iteam@kfvs12.com.

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