Two Men Have been Arrested in Death of 9 Year Old Missouri Girl Rowan Ford (UPDATE: Stepfather David Spears Arrested)


The stepfather, David Spears, has pronounced his innocence from the outset of this case. However, why is it that his story was so weak and unbelievable? Police have now made an arrest of a 24 year old in this case. How old is David Spears?

Two men have been arrested; however, no names released yet.Rowan Ford

Two men have been arrested in the death of 9 year old Rowan Ford. Rowan Ford was reported missing after her mother, Colleen Spears, returned home early Nov. 3 from a night shift at a Wal-Mart. Her body was found on private land about 10 miles south of the girl’s hometown of Stella. Authorities have determined Rowan’s death to be a homicide; however, they have not provided a cause of death yet. Authorities believe that Rowan Ford was killed in Barry County.

Two men have been arrested in the death of a 9-year-old girl whose body was found Friday in a hillside cave in southwest Missouri, authorities said. Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland identified one as a 24-year-old male and the other as a man of about the same age. (YAHOO News)

In another case of do not leave your child unattended and always check on your children when you return home, we are presented with the following account from the stepfather.

The girl’s stepfather, David Spears, told investigators he and two male Rowan_Ford2friends were with Rowan the night before until they went out around 10:45 p.m. He returned home around midnight but did not check on the girl, Copeland said.

David Spears also later told authorities that he called his mother sometime after 1 a.m. and asked to use her vehicle, Copeland has said. She took it to him about half an hour later, then stayed at his house while her son left in her vehicle for about 5 1/2 hours, Copeland has said.

Copeland also has said that Spears has not been able to explain what he did during that time. He has not been accused of a crime.

Two are in custody for kidnapping, murder of girl

UPDATE I: Police Arrest Stepfather  for Alleged Murder of Rowan Ford

As predictable as a moth to the flame, the stepfather of 9 year old murdered Rowan Ford was one of the two unnamed men last night to be arrested in her death. Police had questioned throughout the investigation the issue that Spears story and accounts did not add up.

Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland confirmed late Friday night that David Spears, 24, was arrested in the death of Rowan Ford.

“The stepfather was a possible suspect,” Copeland told The Associated Press. “I will confirm that he has been arrested, as well as one of his friends.”

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  • Comments

    11 Responses to “Two Men Have been Arrested in Death of 9 Year Old Missouri Girl Rowan Ford (UPDATE: Stepfather David Spears Arrested)”

    1. Two Men Have been Arrested in Death of Missing 9 Year Old Missouri Girl Rowan Ford | Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Site on November 10th, 2007 2:44 am

      [...] Cross posted at Scared [...]

    2. Scared Monkeys on November 10th, 2007 10:49 am

      Stepfather arrested … what a shocker.

    3. Mike on November 10th, 2007 6:43 pm

      This may sound harsh to some but in my opinion if DNA proves that those 2 did indeed rape and murder this child then they should be hung within 24 hours.

      Sad part is some idiot somewhere will be campaigning in 20 years to spare their worthless lives. They never think about the victims. Ever go to one of those anti death penalty sites….they never care about the victims and their families.

    4. Angiex911dsptchr on November 10th, 2007 8:33 pm

      Mike.. I agree with you 100%, hang the bastards.

      Poor little girl. :( :(

    5. Stepfather David Spears & friend Chris Collings Charged with Rape & Murder of 9 Year Old Rowan Ford | Scared Monkeys on November 11th, 2007 3:45 pm

      [...] his 32 year old friend, Chris Collins, have been charged with the rape and murder of Rowan Ford. The two were arrested Friday night in connection with the with the 9 year old’s death. From the outset, one has to be suspicious [...]

    6. Allan K on November 11th, 2007 10:19 pm

      Quick trial then Execute Quickly.

    7. dennisintn on November 11th, 2007 10:21 pm

      why give them 24 hours? how much concern did they show for the victim?

    8. Mike on November 12th, 2007 1:45 pm

      Only to let them reflect on whats about to happen to them Dennis.

    9. Sonny38 on November 12th, 2007 10:27 pm

      Will someone in that OZARK Hillbilly County jail, please kill these scum,they give a bad name to all of you that live there,please quick tax saving justice ,something like Dahmler,I beg you,be a HERO for this little girl,it will wipe away all your sins

    10. sirensong on November 13th, 2007 5:08 am

      Didn’t this guys mother wonder where the girl was, when she came over to lend her car? It says she stayed 5 hours. She surely knew the mother was at work. How can she defend him? Just when you think the world cannot be more cruel, this happens to yet another innocent child.

    11. JOHNNEY MCDOWELL on December 14th, 2007 2:31 pm


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