Unknown Ricky Chadek Killer- Nebraska- 1986 Aug 22, 2016 2:50:56 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Aug 22, 2016 2:50:56 GMT -5
From ABC Omaha (KETV.com):
OMAHA, Neb. -
Authorities found Ricky Chadek, 11, dead 30 years ago on Easter Sunday in a field northwest of Omaha.
He disappeared from his neighborhood on south 42nd Street days earlier, and his killer hasn't been found.
The cold case is gnawing at those who investigated it.
"When will it get solved?" asked Ricky's uncle Mike Chamberlin in 1986.
Chamberlin and Ricky's grandfather worked for the Omaha Police Department at the time.
"What did he go through?" Chamberlin asked. "What happened to him during that time?"
One of the only clues left behind was Ricky's bicycle and a truck near an Omaha bank where he went missing. Ricky's mother, Theresa Grooms, made several pleas to the public.
"I love my son, and I want him home," she said at the time. "I want him home for Easter."
After his body was found, investigators determined Ricky had been kept alive for several days and was strangled to death.
Grooms told KETV NewsWatch that the devastation she felt was traumatic.
"I yelled at them until I couldn't yell anymore," she said. "I lost every reason to even bother to get dressed or brush my teeth. There was no reason to even care."
Ricky's murder followed the deaths of two boys at the hands of John Joubert.
"I think it was changed, maybe forever," Sheriff Tim Dunning said. "Having back-to-back child homicides like that. People had a tendency now to take kids to school rather than let them walk no matter how far it was."
Dunning remembers working on the cases and he said they'll continue to investigate Ricky's case.
"They've gone back over several times," he said. "Each tab represents something they've taken a second or even a 10th look at."
Dunning hopes someone will speak up.
"I'd be able to stop wondering," Grooms said. "I'd be able to sleep at night knowing that whoever it was is either dead and buried or off the streets and nobody has to go through this ever again because of them."
Recent DNA evidence in Ricky's case hasn't come up with any suspects, but investigators said if anyone has any suspicion or information to contact 402-444-6000.
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