Dishon murder unsolved after a decade

Edna & Mike Dishon
Edna & Mike Dishon
Jessica Dishon (Source: Edna & Mike Dishon)
Jessica Dishon (Source: Edna & Mike Dishon)

By Janelle MacDonald - bio | email
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BULLITT COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - Thursday marks a somber anniversary for a Kentuckiana family. It has been 10 years since 17-year-old Jessica Dishon disappeared from her Bullitt County home. Although so much time has passed and so much has happened, a decade later, unbelievably, Jessica's parents still don't have the answer they want the most.

"You have your good days and your bad days but I don't think it's ever going to get any better till we find out who done it," said Edna Dishon

They say things fade with time. For Edna and Mike Dishon, the only thing that's faded in 10 years is their belief their daughter Jessica will ever get justice. "I don't have any hope," Edna said.

Their memories of Jessica are as sharp as ever. "Oh, we have lots of memories. I remember going on vacation, and first day of school and I remember the first time he was trying to teach her how to drive and, 'Oh, I know how to do it, I know how to do it,'" said Edna.

So are the events of 10 years ago when Jessica was taken from her driveway, beaten and strangled. "They said there was a struggle," said Edna. "I don't know if they hit her. They said she had a blunt object to her face, so I guess they must of hit her and knocked her out."

Jessica was found 17 days later in the woods seven miles from her home. Those are the facts the Dishons know. What they don't know, even 10 years later, is who did it. Mike Dishon is not sure if they ever will.

A trial for the man arrested, neighbor David "Bucky" Brooks, ended in a mistrial. The state then dismissed the charges for lack of evidence, but the Dishons said they have their suspicions. "We do and it's the same person that we've said from the beginning, but without any evidence, what can be done?" Edna said.

Those questions are all they are left, that and their now-faded hope somehow, some day, they will be answered. "My mom and dad both went to their grave and we'll probably both gonna to go to our grave too unless some miracle happened," said Edna. "Someone just said, 'Well I did it or I saw them do it.'"

Edna said she and her family still get strange looks when out in public when people recognize them. In some ways, Edna says it is a good thing because she knows then that Jessica's story hasn't been forgotten.

The Dishons will hold a candlelight vigil at her grave Thursday night at 7 p.m. to remember Jessica. The public is invited.

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