This story is about Audrey Heaps and her unsolved murder.Though it is a 30 year old case it doesn’t stop it from haunting me every day.You see she was my sister and the mother of two children under the age of 2 years.She was a vibrant young woman at 20 years old that liked her friends in town.But on the days of following her death in 1977 nobody had any answers.Can this case ever be solved and a killer or killers be put to justice?
On July 21st 1977,in Ste.Genevieve at about 1:30 AM Sheriff Clarence T Basler received a call at his home from an unknown caller.The caller continued to give the Sheriff detailed instructions to a off road site that there was “some stuff” he might find interesting.There had been many burglaries in that area so the Sheriff assumed that he would find stolen articles at the destination.Around 9:00 AM Sheriff Basler and Deputy Griffin started a search of the wooded area.After almost two hours searching the unmaintained road and open Field Sheriff Basler located a body of a white female.After The coroner was called and all procedures were done Sheriff Basler called the County Sheriffs Dept. for any missing persons there because there was no id on the body.
When there was no missing persons fitting her description they decided to call the radio station in Ste.Genevieve and Farmington with information and a description of the body hoping to get information on any missing persons.Appox. 8:00 PM officers contacted the Sheriff via radio,informing him that a W. Heaps was at his office reporting his wife missing and she fit the description of the deceased.according to Mr.Heaps his wife had been missing since July 19th.Only 40 minutes later Mr.Heaps was at the Funeral Home were he identified the body as his wife Audrey Heaps.
Now that Audrey was found it just made more questions.Many people in town family and friends of Audrey were interviewed but not one person could give anything solid in there statements.There was a lot of he said she said and at one point there was even a threat given to someone interviewed that Mr.Heaps would be next.Even with all of this everything was unanswered.The case continued for a week with no leads so it was closed.Finished with nothing but a person identified and no longer missing.The comb that was seized as evidence on the 27th day of July was sent to the Technical Lab.,in Jefferson City to be processed for latent prints.There were no prints lifted from the comb.
On July 31st someone called Sergent North and later came into the station as a confidential informant to give information about the death and Audrey Heaps.The informant stated on the 21st of July he was out drinking with his cousin nicknamed Monk.As Monk drove her began to tell his cousin how he violently killed someone and threw her body to the side of the road.The informant stated that this cousin drove him to the secluded area and asked him if he wanted to see the body.He told him no as Monk got out of the car and walked to the side of the road he had a shocked look.When he returned to the car he told his cousin “They must have found her”.Monk was also to have said that if she was not found after she was decomposed he was going to get her skull and paint in with florescent paint.As time continued and Monk drank more and drove around his cousin noticed a lot of activity at Mr.Heaps home.Monk parked across from Mr.Heaps as his cousin went to see what was going on.After learning Audrey had been found dead he returned to the car.When he got to the car Monk was in the back seat sleeping so he ask Monk if it was Audrey he killed and he said yes.The informant stated he knew Monk has to be sick and needs help but will not testify and further more would deny everything if he is not kept confidential.
A few times over the years some family members have tried to have the case reopened.Shortly after this they were threatened and/or the children of Audrey.Not wanting anything bad to befall on anyone else thinks were stopped again.Now in 2007 were technology is so much greater and the fears of threats forgotten we hope there will one day be justice for Audrey Heaps and her children that had to grow up without a mother.