Deputy's Letter Brings Comfort, Hope To Jessica Dishon's Family
By David McArthur
(SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky.) -- May 2 will be a painful day for a Bullitt County family as they remember their missing daughter on her birthday. Jessica Dishon was 17 when she disappeared five years ago. Although her body was later found, and a suspect was charged with murder, the case is still unsolved. As WAVE 3's David McArthur reports, the case is finding new leads through a letter.
Edna Dishon calls it an early surprise birthday present for her daughter Jessica, who would have turned 23 next Monday, May 2. "I feel like he's written it from the heart and it really got to me last night when they read it to me."
Bullitt County Chief Deputy Mac McAullife is the letter's author, inspired by his own family. "I have daughters myself and I can't imagine losing any of my children. I don't think I could survive that happening."
Edna read aloud from the letter some of the words that are bringing her comfort and hope that her daughter's killer will be found. "Even though I never had the opportunity to know Jessica, I feel in many ways I know her."
It was September of 1999 when Jessica Dishon disappeared from her driveway as she was leaving for school.
A neighbor, David "Bucky" Brooks was charged, but after a mistrial the charges were dropped and never re-filed.
It has been five years now, and counting, and this case is still unsolved. Bucky Brooks remains free, but is as much a suspect as anyone else.
Chief Deputy McAullife says he wrote the letter because as life moves on in Bullitt County he wants people to remember Jessica and stir up some new leads. Apparently, it's working.
McAullife says he has "received several new leads that we will follow through immediately on." He believes the case is solvable. "I believe this is on the minds of some people daily that were involved in this."
And Edna hopes his words may finally lead to justice. "I'm just hoping he can still get the people who did it because that's the bottom line. Don't do it for me or Mike. Do it for Jessica."
NOTE: A candlelight vigil will be held on Jessica's birthday, Monday, May 2nd, at Cedar Grove Cemetery at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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