Gone but not forgotten

Chuck Deatsch, his wife Liz and daughters Sarah and Kathryn as seen in a billboard plea asking for information about his death.

The murder of Chuck Deatsch of rural Mystic in Appanoose County on April 28, 2008 is more than seven years old but it's far from a cold case as far as Appanoose County Sheriff Gary Anderson is concerned.

"We still get little pieces of information that come in," Anderson said. "And we've done several hundred interviews on the case. It's still an active case. And still being worked and investigated. It's not something that's been put on the back burner."

Anderson said a local person or persons know what happened that cool April night.

"We believe that there's people locally that have information that can solve this," Anderson said. "We know someone, or persons, definitely have information that would solve this case. And whether they're scared. Whether it's a family member or a close friend that was involved. We know that there are people out there that know about this case and just need to come forward.

"Someone out here knows. And we just ask that they come in and encourage them to come talk to us."

Anderson said it's important for somebody to come forward and bring this case to a close.

"It's not only just important to the family but it's also important to some of the people that have this information or may have been involved in the case. It's never going to go away. It's not going to be something that will never be put on hold or not investigated. Every lead we receive we're going to followup on.

"And it's going to wear on that person. And if they consciously sit back and realize if it was their family they would want to know. And it's the right thing."

Anderson said he would be willing to go anywhere in the country to meet with somebody who has information about the case.

"If somebody out there believes ... and there again, if they want to come in and explain to us that in their belief it was something else, they need to come in and explain that to us and give us those details. We don't have a closed door on somebody's beliefs or somebody's explanations. They just need to come in and explain that to us and take care of it. Do the right thing."

Anderson said the case will remain classified as a murder case until "someone comes forward and explains the circumstances of his death."

"We're willing to listen to anybody that has any information," Anderson said. "Somebody out there can answer a lot of these questions for us."

Anderson called it a "crime of opportunity" where someone was at the right place at the right time and Chuck Deatsch wasn't.

Anderson said they have received tips from all over the country — psychics and others — as to what happened and they've followed up on those tips.

"I have received some rather bizarre letters of people believe that it could be related to some other thing across the country and we know that it's not."

The reward now is more than $40,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for Chuck Deatsch's death.

Here is what is know about the more than seven-year-old murder of Chuck Deatsch.

He was shot April 28, 2008 at 9:55 p.m. It was a cool night with no snow on the ground. He was killed by a single gunshot and the bullet went through a window in the den where he was sitting at his computer playing a game while watching the St. Louis Cardinals on TV.

"And it's a normal day," Anderson said. "And all of sudden he's killed and his wife's life is just turned upside down and forever changed."

Anderson declined to elaborate on other details of the case not made public.

"The last thing we want to do is jeopardize the integrity of the investigation," Anderson said.

Anderson said anybody with information should come to the Law Center and explain what they know.

Do you know something? Then call the Appanoose County Sheriff at (641) 437-7100, Crime Stoppers at (641) 856-3134 or email Anderson at sheriff@sirisonline.com.

Or go to whathappentochuck@gmail.com.

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