Teresa Butler case still active 10 years after disappearance
RISCO, MO (KFVS) - Family and friends still want answers as to what happen to a Risco, Mo. woman 10 years after she went missing.
Teresa Butler disappeared from her home in Risco some time between 10 p.m. on January 24, 2006 and the early morning January 25, 2006. She would be 45 years old now.
Teresa Butler's husband Dale left the house to work an overnight shift. He came home to find Teresa missing, and their two young sons home alone.
New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens said someone made a call from Butler's cell phone around 3 a.m., just hours before her husband reported her missing.
Sheriff Stevens said he's positive foul play was involved.
"We were able to track where the call was made to," Sheriff Stevens said. "I talked to the individuals who received the phone call. There was no conversation over the phone just a silence, and the individual ended up hanging up. It was somebody local, but due to the sensitivity of investigation we don't want to reveal the name. It was someone who didn't know the family, Teresa or Dale, so we don't know if it was a random call or a misdialed number or what have you."
Brenda Wilson, Teresa's sister, said she is still hopeful for new information.
"We would love to see someone arrested," Wilson said. "We just take it day by day. There has been no news lately so... We are content with that she is probably dead and in a better place. We just want answers."
Linda Buchanan, Teresa's mother, said her daughter is never far from her mind, but not knowing what happened is toughest of all.
"I don't know how many times we've broken down and cried," Buchanan said. "I just wish I could have been there that night. She would not leave them babies by herself. I know Teresa. I used to go down there every other night go talk to Teresa and visit. I miss that."
Teresa Butler's dad, who still lives on the same street as his daughter's now-vacant house, said he's frustrated. He believes more could have been done to solve the case.
Sheriff Stevens said he isn't giving up hope yet.
"We don't know where Teresa is at, but somebody does, and holds the answer," Stevens said. "We've just got to find the right people."
Stevens said they still get tips from time to time, but they usually are something they have already checked out or that lead to a dead end.
"Put yourself in the family's shoes," Stevens said. "They need to know what happened. She deserves to be found."
Every year, family members of Teresa hang ribbons around the town of Risco to honor her and let everyone else know she is not forgotten, she is missed and she is loved.
"I am very thankful. Family and friends keep her name alive," Stevens said. "I don't want her to be forgotten, even after the case is solved."
Stevens said he wants Butler's case solved before he hangs up his badge. Risco is his hometown. He said he wants to ease their fear.
Police still have no suspects in the case, but Sheriff Stevens said the case is still active.
If you have any information you think might help, please call the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department at 573-748-2516 or message them on Facebook at the New Madrid County Sheriff's Department's Facebook page.
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