MO MO - Liehnia 'Lena' Chapin, 20, Dent County, Jan 2006

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  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Former Member

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    Liehnia May Chapin

    Endangered Missing from Dent County, Missouri since January-April 2006

    Age: 20 -- Height: 5'8"-5'10" -- Weight: 130 lbs -- Hair Color: Blonde -- Eye Color: Blue

    Liehnia has a tattoo of a mushroom and the phrase "Love Daddy" on her lower back.


    Liehnia was last seen sometime between January and April 2006. She was living in Dent County, Missouri at the time. She was not reported missing until November 2008, almost 3 years after she was last seen. She has never been heard from again.


    Missouri State Highway Patrol

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    Charley Project

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  2. JusticeWillBeServed

    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    Here's a great and in-depth article on the case. Also talks about the disappearance of Gary McCullough.

    After 10 years missing, is Lena Chapin still alive?

    http://www.thesalemnewsonline.com/news/local_news/article_0a03aaf2-d453-11e5-8f33-331b77b7d700.html

     
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    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    Part 2 of the story:

    Cover-up, confession and what remains of Lena Chapin

    http://www.thesalemnewsonline.com/news/article_5c50244a-da37-11e5-9200-33fc9d2ba192.html

     
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    House of Cards: Where is Lena Chapin?

    http://www.monett-times.com/story/2329325.html?utm_content=buffer7e3a3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

     
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    folieadeuxnola Miami-Dade Jane Doe - 1979

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    Cold case spotlighted by Crime Stoppers

    Members of the Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers are currently profiling cases that remain unsolved and seeking information on the whereabouts of local felons.

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    Chapin and her son
    This month, the Barry-Lawrence County Crime Stoppers Facebook page features six cases, one of which is seeking information concerning the disappearance of Liehnia (Lena) M. Chapin, of Steelville, in 2006.

    Chapin was last seen at her apartment in Steelville, on Feb. 14, 2006.

    She was not reported missing until Nov. 17, 2008.

    Chapin was communicating with Barry County Detectives about the disappearance, and suspected May 1999 murder of her step father, Gary McCullough, in Cassville, when she disappeared, and foul play is suspected.

    Anyone with information regarding the disappearance or murder are urged to contact Barry-Lawrence County Crime Stoppers at 354-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-635-TIPS (8477).
     
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    Bump. This one really bothers me. I'm hoping for answers soon.
     
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    Published Jun 29, 2020

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    A 20-year-old woman disappeared under mysterious circumstances in February 2006, three years after confessing that she had helped cover up the remains of her stepfather after he was killed by her mother.

    The cold case of Liehnia May Chapin, aka Lena Chapin will be reviewed in one of the episodes titled 'Missing Witness' as part of Netflix's crime documentary 'Unsolved Mysteries' which premieres on July 1.

    Missouri's Lena Chapin who helped killer mom burn stepfather's body vanished 3 years later, never to be found
     
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    Liehnia May Chapin

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    Chapin, circa 2006

    • Missing Since 02/14/2006
    • Missing From Dent County, Missouri
    • Classification Endangered Missing
    • Sex Female
    • Race White
    • Date of Birth 08/29/1985 (34)
    • Age 20 years old
    • Height and Weight 5'8 - 5'10, 130 pounds
    • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Chapin has a tattoo of mushrooms and the phrase "Love Daddy" on her lower back. She usually spelled her name "Lena."
    Details of Disappearance
    Chapin was last seen at her apartment outside of Steelville in Dent County, Missouri on February 14, 2006. Her fiance stated they said goodbye when he left that morning, and when he returned in the evening, Chapin was gone and her mother was cleaning out her apartment.

    Chapin's mother, Sandra Klemp, stated Chapin had gone to Florida with another man in a black 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier. She has never been heard from again. She wasn't reported missing until November 2008, and the Dent County Sheriff's Office didn't actually begin investigating her case until 2012, six years after she was last seen. Her mother has never cooperated with the investigation into her daughter's disappearance.

    Chapin's fiance moved out of the apartment about a month after her disappearance. When cleaning out the unit, the apartment building's owner noted that a window was broken and there was a large dark-colored stain on the carpet that couldn't be shampooed out. The apartment owner didn't suspect foul play at the time and threw the carpet away. The unit was later destroyed in an accidental fire.

    Chapin's stepfather, Gary McCullough, disappeared in 1999, when she was thirteen years old. In 2003, Chapin went to Gary's brother Albert and told him her Sandra had shot Gary three times in the head and then made her help clean up the crime scene.

    Chapin said she and Sandra cleaned up the blood, pulled up the carpets and bleached the floor, and they wrapped Gary's body in plastic and burned it in a brush fire until only bone fragments remained. She had told a similar story to one of her sisters. She said she did it because she didn't want her mother to go to prison and leave her five sisters without a caregiver.

    Albert recorded Chapin's statement without her knowledge and took the tape to the authorities. When the sheriff's office contacted Chapin, however, Sandra hired a lawyer for her, and she exercised her right to remain silent and refused to speak to the police. She did not recant her statement, however.

    Sandra claimed her marriage to Gary was a happy one, but Gary's friends stated the relationship was very troubled and he planned to leave her and was moving his belongings into a friend's residence. She was having an affair with Kristopher Klemp at the time of Gary's disappearance, something Kristopher admitted to the police. Gary was allegedly aware of the affair.

    Within a few days of Gary's disappearance, Kristopher had moved in with Sandra. In June 1999, authorities charged Klemp with conspiracy to commit murder; he allegedly tried to hire someone to kill Gary. The charge was dropped for lack of evidence in August 1999, however.

    Kristopher and Sandra married each other in May 2000, one month after she obtained a divorce from Gary. Kristopher was Sandra's fourth husband. Gary's brother Albert had been her second, and Gary was her third.

    Chapin disappeared approximately three years after she made her statement. She left a young son in Sandra's care. Sandra had wanted legal guardianship over Chapin's son, but Chapin refused to consent saying it would happen "over my dead body." She wanted to take the child with her and move to Arkansas. Sandra has since adopted the boy.

    Gary was declared legally dead in 2005. In 2012, his two daughters filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Chapin, Sandra and Kristopher, as well as Kristopher's former wife, Jennifer Lee Brattin-Klemp. The lawsuit alleged Sandra and Kristopher conspired to kill Gary. Jennifer allegedly picked Kristopher up outside the McCullough property in the early morning hours around the time Gary disappeared, and Kristopher had a gun with him at the time.

    Although a summons was issued for Chapin to testify in the civil trial, it was never delivered. The tape-recorded statement she made was not played before the jury, although Chapin's sister testified that Chapin had made a similar statement to her. Two of Sandra's children stated they had seen Gary's truck still parked at home on the evening of his disappearance, after Sandra said he had already left.

    In the summer of 2013, the civil jury unanimously awarded $7 million in damages to Gary's daughters in connection with his wrongful death. Kristopher and Sandra divorced in 2014 and Sandra has since married her fifth husband and lives in Mount Vernon, Missouri.

    Chapin attended Salem High School, but did not graduate. She got involved with drugs while she was still young and got into minor trouble with the law, but she was close to her family and her sisters said she tried to be a good mother to her son and would not have willingly abandoned him.

    There has been no activity on Chapin's Social Security number since her disappearance, and she left all her belongings behind. It's unclear whether Gary and Chapin's disappearances are connected, but foul play is suspected in both cases.

    Link - Liehnia May Chapin – The Charley Project
    Link - Gary G. McCullough – The Charley Project
     
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    From 2016
    Cover-up, confession and what remains of Lena Chapin

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    Albert was Lena Chapin’s stepfather from 1992 to 1996 before his wife Sandy left him for his brother, Gary.

    “I loved those girls like they were my own,” Albert says. “Growing up, Lena was always loyal to Sandy, and Sandy rewarded her for that.
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    That night Chapin told Albert she knew the truth of what happened to his brother four years previous, on May 11, 1999, when Lena was 13. Knowing the significance of the conversation, Albert recorded it without Lena’s knowledge, and today a copy still exists at the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, according to sheriff Mick Epperly.
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    On tape, Chapin claims she and her sisters arrived home from school May 11, 1999, to find their mother waiting for them at the bus stop. Lena says Sandy sent her sisters to do chores at the family’s barn and brought her inside where Gary’s body was sprawled out on a bedroom floor.

    “She (Sandy) was crying and all she wanted to say was ‘I can’t believe this happened, I can’t believe this happened,’” Lena said in the recording. “And that’s all she’d say, the whole time when she was freaking out and telling me she was bawling and saying, ‘I can’t believe this happened.’ And I asked her, I’m like, ‘I want to see.’ I didn’t believe it. You know when you think to yourself, okay there’s a dead person in your house, you know, you’re not thinking, okay, come on now, whatever, it’s just like, I want to see. She wouldn’t let me see. She had her door locked. I said ‘I wanna see. I wanna see it right now.’ I know if I had’a seen the whole thing, I woulda flipped out. I woulda flipped out. But there was a crack in the door and I looked and I saw it and I completely went crazy. I started spazzing out on her and I went ‘What the hell happened, what happened,’ you know.”

    Lena told Albert she believed Sandy shot Gary while he sat on their living room couch eating a plate of scrambled eggs. Lena went on to say she then helped her mother methodically clean up the murder scene over the course of two days while her sisters went to school. Chapin said they pulled up carpets, bleached the floors and that Gary’s body was burned on top of a brush pile.

    School records obtained by law enforcement indicate Chapin was not in school May 12 and left school early on May 13, Epperly confirms.

    “If you want something of Gary’s to stick in the ground there is nothing left,” Chapin was recorded to have said. “He was burned, completely burned and everything. Everything that was, you know, left at the burn pile was put in buckets and spread all over. So I don’t remember where they’re at… I was there, I am the only one that knows. I am the only one that knows exactly what happened, but there is nothing left… there is nothing left. I burned my fingers… I burned a few of my fingers picking up ashes and bones.”
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    Lena’s older sister, Brandi Petersen, remembers being skeptical of the Florida story from the first time she heard it.

    “There’s no way Lena would have left Colter behind,” Petersen says. “Lena loved Colter more than anything. There is scrapbook after scrapbook which proves it. She also wouldn’t have given mom the satisfaction of getting Colter. Mom and Lena were always fighting over him. Mom would go to Country Mart (in Salem) and show him off and say he was hers, and Lena would be like, stop saying that mom, he’s mine. One time Lena and I were going to take Colter to see his father in Arkansas, and mom called us flipping out saying ‘You bring him home, you bring him home right now or I am going to kill myself.’”

    Petersen further says that Sandy and Lena were feuding over legal guardianship over Colter, which Chapin would not concede. Throughout this time, Petersen says Sandy also insisted Colter call her “mom,” much to Lena’s frustration.

    Cover-up, confession and what remains of Lena Chapin
     

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