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    Post TN - Carla Atkins, 14, & Vicky Stout, 16, Dover, 1980

    Taken from a news article from WSMV TV, Nashville, TN which aired April 28, 2011 ... "In 1980, two teenage girls walked to a store in Dover. They bought their items, began the one-mile walk home and were not seen again. Six weeks later, 14-year-old Carla Atkins and 16-year-old Vicky Stout were found dead. They had been executed in a remote area of Land Between the Lakes."

    Thirty years later, the crime is still unsolved. Abner Vires was the deputy who found the bodies. Now retired, 73-year-old Vires still can't let it go.
    "I feel like I had a job at that time to do," he said. "It was just one of them things that stayed on my mind and and just couldn't get it gone."

    With the recent abduction of Holly Bobo in Parsons, TN, investigators are taking a new look at this cold case from Dover, TN and some other young women who have gone missing within the same area.

    I grew up in Dover and remember this case very well. It happened only a month before my daughters were born. In an area where the crime rate is extremely low, something like this really rattles a community. The case was never solved. There were many speculations and even more rumors as there always are in rural communities but unfortunately the family still has no closure.

    The same news coverage indicated there could be a possible connection between this case, Holly Bobo's case and two others ... Martha LeeAnn Green and Sheila Fay Bradford. All young ladies disappeared within an hour's drive of each other. Only the two in 1980 have been been found.

    Any insight anyone can provide may prove helpful especially if there is indeed a connection someone can make.

    Here is the link to the spot on WSMV: http://www.wsmv.com/news/27708018/detail.html

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    Arrow Related Cases?

    Here are the cases that authorities are now taking a look at as a possibility of being connected in some way.

    1. Disappearance and double murder of 14 yr old Carla Atkins and 16 yr old Vicky Stout. (September ?, 1980, Dover, TN)
    2. Disappearance of 17 yr old Martha Leeann Green (April 15, 1987, Dickson, TN)
    3. Disappearance of 33 yr old Shelia Fay Bradford (June 22, 1992, Camden, TN)
    4. Disappearance of 20 yr old Holly Bobo (April 13, 2011, Darden, TN)

    All cases have similarities and were all within a one hour drive of each other.

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    This case is being reopened after 31 years.

    http://www.wsmv.com/story/15070915/3...-case-reopened

    DOVER, TN (WSMV) -
    For one Dover family, it's a pain that hasn't gone away for 31 years. In 1980, two teenage girls were found murdered just outside their hometown. Back then, the case went unsolved. Now, police say it's time to try again.

    Donna Mathis said she grew up in Dover with her cousins Vicky Stout and Carla Atkins.

    "They were fun, they were loving, they got out and just laughed," said Mathis. "They were, to me, just part of me."

    One September day in 1980, 16-year-old Stout and 14-year-old Atkins disappeared while walking to a restaurant on Donelson Parkway. Mathis said she knew something was wrong.

    "I just felt in my heart they did not run away," said Mathis. "They had no reason to. They had a happy home, a good family. I would not believe they ran away."

    Two weeks later, the girls' bodies were found in a secluded area in Land Between the Lakes. Both girls had been shot.

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    If you have any information on this case, please call the Stewart County Sheriff's Department at 931-232-5322.
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    Bessie ... Thank you for posting. Yes, this is VERY interesting.

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    I'm not sure I see the connection between the missing girls and this murder? They are fairly close geographically, but the events surrounding the crimes are really different...

    LeeAnn Green disappeared on a rainy night when her brother's car ran out of gas. He went to get gas while she waited. When he came back, she was gone. There were a lot of searches for her, but no trace has been found.

    Sheila Bradford had contacted the TBI saying she had information about a double murder. She said she was afraid for her life. They were telling her she might have to testify in court and there was some talk of the witness protection program. Her car was found with the keys in the ignition a couple of days later. She also was 33 while the others were in their teens.

    Holly Bobo was abducted near her house in broad daylight in front of her brother.

    These cases seem really different... especially Sheila Bradford. Is there something I'm missing that connects them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bessie View Post
    The Deathbed confession is very compelling. However after 33 years all GC has to do is deny everything. I do not think he will ever be prosecuted!
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    Candlelight Vigil For Unsolved Murders
    Posted: Oct 05, 2013 11:18 PM CST Updated: Oct 06, 2013 5:29 PM CST
    by Janet Kim

    DOVER, Tenn. - Decades after two teen sisters were found murdered, their community fights to keep their unsolved case alive.
    Also...

    http://www.topix.com/forum/city/dove...IN9OHAPQR03/p3
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