December 2, 2021

Lacking Missouri Girl Cassidy Rainwater Was Gutted and Stashed in Freezer, Police Reveal

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Warning: This story accommodates graphic descriptions of violence.

The thriller surrounding the destiny of a Missouri lady who vanished over the summer time has lastly been solved—however the particulars about what really happened to Cassidy Rainwater are extra ghastly than anybody might have imagined.

Police say the 33-year-old’s stays had been present in a freezer on the house of one of many males accused of kidnapping her in Windyville, an unincorporated Ozarks neighborhood about 160 miles from Kansas Metropolis.

That man, James Phelps, had initially been arrested and charged with kidnapping Rainwater in September, together with one other man named Timothy Norton, a trucker who had been residing on Phelps’ property. Police have now upped the costs towards each males to first-degree homicide.

The brand new expenses come after stays recovered at Phelps’ property simply days after his arrest had been positively recognized as Rainwater’s.

Police have additionally divulged new details about a whole lot of different items of proof recovered within the case, offering disturbing new particulars about Rainwater’s ultimate moments that come as a gut-punch to many who feared the worst from the very starting. The case had already taken a really darkish flip in September, when particulars trickled out about Rainwater being held captive and semi-naked in a cage on Phelps’ property.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office has now revealed that the cage was the least of Rainwater’s torment: She was strangled by the 2 males earlier than being gutted and dismembered, based on the officers.

A search warrant executed at Phelps’ house uncovered photographs of “{a partially} clothed feminine in a cage who we acknowledged as Cassidy,” police mentioned in a press release Wednesday. “The opposite photographs depicted Cassidy’s physique certain to a gantry crane, generally used for deer processing, and her evisceration and dismemberment.”

Police haven’t but given a motive for the grisly crime, however they are saying Phelps and Norton deliberate it prematurely.

“Norton confessed to the homicide of Cassidy Rainwater. Norton instructed FBI brokers that Phelps had him come over whereas Cassidy was sleeping in the lounge flooring, so he had easy accessibility to assault Cassidy,” the sheriff’s workplace mentioned. After coming into, they are saying, Norton mentioned he “held Cassidy’s legs down whereas Phelps strangled her and positioned a bag over her head.”

Norton is claimed to have instructed investigators that Phelps then “certain her to the gantry crane” and dismembered her.

Police say “objects from the freezer that seemed to be human flesh” have been positively recognized as Rainwater’s stays, and skeletal stays belonging to her had been additionally uncovered.

The packages within the freezer containing her stays had been labeled “7-24.” Rainwater was final seen in some unspecified time in the future in late July; a member of the family who formally reported her lacking on Aug. 25 mentioned she had final been seen about six weeks prior.

Phelps and Norton had been seen as suspects from the get-go, and the case took a weird flip in October, when the Ozarks house on the heart of the investigation burned to the bottom and authorities discovered tripwire and a “reside incendiary gadget” on the property.

Phelps had admitted to police that Rainwater had been residing on his property, however he repeatedly tried to deflect investigators’ scrutiny, telling them that she up and left instantly in late July after voicing plans to go away for Colorado.

In actuality, police say, the entire time Phelps claimed he was graciously letting Rainwater stick with him “till she bought again on her toes,” he was really plotting her homicide. Messages between Phelps and Norton confirmed the 2 males “planning the homicide of Cassidy Rainwater,” police mentioned.

Authorities say they don’t have any cause to consider “there are every other victims related to Phelps and Norton right now.”

Norton’s legal professional has mentioned he intends to plead not responsible. It was not instantly clear if Phelps had an legal professional.

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