Investigators and Family Still Looking for Teresa Butler

Investigators and Family Still Looking for Teresa Butler
By: CJ Cassidy

Risco, MO -

I
t's been four months now since
35-year-old Teresa Butler
disappeared
,
without a trace
,
from her
Risco
home
.

S
heriff Terry Stevens says he's positive foul play was involved.

B
utler's mother also opened up for the first time since her daughter's disappearance and says she's given up hope she'll ever see
T
eresa again.

"S

he's gone
. T
hat's why it's so hard
;
wondering where her little body is
, and
what's become of it
," Linda Buchanan says, gazing up at the
calendar
, which is still
turned to the date
Butler
disappeared
: January 25th.

"I

felt fear gripping the home down there
. I
knew someone was watching the house
, I
could feel it
," Buchanan says.

Buchanan tells Heartland News,
just days after that strange feeling
,
or mothers intuition
,
her daughter was reported missing.

B
utler's husband came home from work to find her gone
,
and the couple's young sons all alone at home.

"S

he would not leave them babies by herself
. I
know
T
eresa
. I used
to go down there every other night go talk to
T
eresa and visit.
I
miss that
," she says.

B
uchanan
also
knows she'll miss
T
eresa even more on special occasions like
M
others
D
ay
,
and
C
hristmas.

"I

'll never spend another
C
hristmas with
T
eresa ever
," she sobs.

T
hat's why
B
uchanan holds on to the few mementos of her daughter she has left
: h
er shoes
,
her hair brush
,
and her favorite perfume.

B
uchanan also worries about her grandchildren living in the house their mother disappeared from
,
and wonders if they might hold the answer to what happened that fateful night.

B
ut that's a theory
N
ew
M
adrid
C
ounty
S
heriff,
T
erry
S
tevens doesn't believe he can prove.

"I

f they have any answers
, I
feel like they're not capable of verbali
z
ing them to us
," he says.

A
ll the same, the sheriff hasn't given up hope
,
and vows he'll someday have answers for the
B
utler family.

"I

'm still optimistic we're going to resolve this
," he says.

P

olice still have no suspects in the case.

I
f you have any information you think might help, please call the
N
ew
M
adrid
C
ounty
S
heriff's
D
epartment at
(
573
)
748-2516.