10-3-12 Update: FORSYTH - — A year and a half after Russell and Rebecca Porter went missing, two people have been indicted on first-degree murder charges in connection with the Porters’ deaths.At a joint press conference this afternoon, prosecutors and sheriffs from Greene and Taney counties announced grand jury indictments against Tony Friend of Springfield and Dusty R. Hicks of Walnut Grove.
Willard, MO — An Ozarks husband and wife are missing and their dissappearance is now the center of a major investigation.
The Greene County Sheriff’s Office says , 34, and his wife Rebecca, 46, went missing under suspicious circumstances from their home on the 6700 block of North Highway HH, just north of Highway O, east of Willard. Mo
They were reported missing by family members Monday, April 11, 2011.
Rebecca Porter has 10 brothers and sisters who are baffled as to what could have happened to their loved one.
Greene County Sheriffs deputies along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol had been searching the property all afternoon.
“Kind of thinking where she’s at, is she still alive?” asks Corey Ellsworth, Rebecca’s son.
“You kind of feel helpless right now.”
Rebecca’s brother Darrell Hufft says it is very unusual for Rebecca to just vanish. He says there is a smell of bleach throughout the house and some security cameras have been either moved or broken outside the house.
The couple was last seen Sunday evening April 10th. Darrell says he spoke with his sister by phone and she told him she wasn’t feeling well and thought she might have the stomach flu.
The family is just hoping and praying this doesn’t end in tragedy.
“Not too good,” says Jimmy Hufft. “Just a shock.”
Family says Rebecca worked at Fantastic Caverns and a number of other family members lived in neighboring homes.
“I think they got abducted, kidnapped or something because all of her property is in there — her purse and phone,” says Darrell Hufft. “The doors were wide open and that’s not her. That’s not my baby sister. She had a new grandbaby and her daughter is sick to death. Becky is not that type of person. We’re a close family.”
Hufft says Russell has had some conflicts with his uncle, who lives down the road, but the family says that man is a truck driver and is out of town.
Greene County Sheriff’s deputies have spent hours searching the couple’s home and farm and say there are a number of things suspicious about the situation.
“Family members do not know where they are at and that is unusual and their vehicle is here so I can tell you right off the bat that is suspicious to us,” says Sheriff Jim Arnott.
The sheriff’s office is interviewing family members, but can’t say a crime has happened, which leaves the family to issue these pleas.
“If you see her out there, just tell her wer’re looking for her,” adds Ellsworth.
“We love you and the whole family is looking for you sister,” says Hufft.
There is a $20,000 Reward for information regarding the disappearance of Rusty and Rebecca.