Murder victim found buried in man's backyard laid to rest - News, Weather & Sports

Murder victim found buried in man's backyard laid to rest

Stephanie Kirk Stephanie Kirk
From L to R: Christine Whitis and Karen Hodella From L to R: Christine Whitis and Karen Hodella
William Clyde Gibson (Source: Floyd County Jail) William Clyde Gibson (Source: Floyd County Jail)

NEW WASHINGTON, IN (WAVE)- After weeks of painfully waiting and wondering since her disappearance, 35-year-old Stephanie Kirk was finally laid to rest Saturday afternoon.

Kirk's grandmother, Betty, told WAVE 3 "For what the family has been through, they are doing alright."

Saturday afternoon, family and friends gathered to say goodbye to Stephanie Kirk at the Grayson funeral home in New Washington, IN. Of her grand daughter's funeral service, Betty Kirk said "They were fine. It was like a family reunion. " Betty Kirk said those in attendance "Remembered the good times" with Stephanie.

Stephanie Kirk's remains were found April 27th in the backyard of convicted sex offender William "Clyde" Gibson. Stephanie had been missing since late March. After weeks of waiting, Kirk was laid to rest. Betty telling WAVE 3 "We're glad that part is over. She's buried with her mother."

Gibson is charged in connection with the deaths of 75-year-old Christine Whitis. She was found dead in Gibson's home April 19th. And the death of 44-year-old Karen Hodella from nearly 10 years ago. In terms of the investigation, New Albany police said they're in the process of evaluating new evidence connected to Gibson found 800 miles away. Authorities are releasing little detail of where or what that is. WAVE 3 recently spoke to Stephanie's father, Tony Kirk, about Gibson.

"I want to look him in the face and let him know that he took someone very precious to us and he shouldn't get away with it," said Tony Kirk. "He's an evil man and evil people need to pay for what they do."

WAVE 3 knocked on the door of Tony Kirk Saturday evening, but there was no answer. WAVE 3 also stopped by the home where Gibson lives. The home was roped off with police tape, but there was no police presence and there appeared to be no activity. As of yet, Gibson has not been charged with Stephanie Kirk's death.

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