Stepfather David Spears & friend Chris Collings Charged with Rape & Murder of 9 Year Old Rowan Ford (Update: Confession)


25 year old David Spears, the stepfather of 9 year old Rowan Ford, and his 32 Wtfyear 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 of David Spears as Rowan Ford had gone missing while in her stepfather’s care. Authorities early on had stated that Spears was not cooperating in explaining a lengthy absence that night from the family’s house.

CASSVILLE, Mo. | The stepfather of a 9-year-old girl and another man were charged Saturday with her murder and rape, a day after the body of Rowan Ford was found in a southwest Missouri cave following a week-long search.

Barry County prosecutors charged stepfather David Spears, 25, and his friend Chris Collings, 32, with one count each of first-degree murder, forcible rape and statutory rape. (Kansas City Star)

One has to wonder what possesses people to do such heinous acts that they think they will ever get away with? What happened to 9 year old Rowan Ford is described in the article, “Rowan Ford’s last few hours”.

The same type of cord used to tie-up the goats near Chris Collings camper, allegedly ended Rowan’s Ford’s life.

“One of them stated because she looked up at him,” Sheriff Mick Epperly of Barry County said.

Chris Collings and David Spears allegedly brought her to Collings camper. The sheriff said inside the rundown, dirty camper, the two men raped the 9-year-old.

She reportedly pleaded with them to stop. Investigators believe the two men pulled her out of the camper after they raped her, pulled a cord out of a truck and then strangled her.

What makes two men age 25 and 32 rape a 9 year old and then kill her? Do they really just sit around drinking a beer and say, “let’s rape your 9 year old step-daughter?” Of course this begs the question … how many times may they have assaulted Rowan Ford prior to this?

Based in part on Collings’ statement to authorities Friday, the affidavit Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly sent to the prosecutor alleges that Collings and Spears took Rowan from her home to a camping trailer where Collings lived in Barry County, about 10 miles east of Stella.

There, Epperly said, the men raped Rowan and one of them then strangled her with a cord. Epperly said it wasn’t clear which man strangled her.

UPDATE I: Stepfather, Friend Confess to Killing 9-Year-Old Missouri Girl

Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland says the two men charged with killing 9-year-old Rowan Ford have confessed to the crime.

Ford’s 25-year-old stepfather David Spears of Stella and 32-year-old Chris Collings of Wheaton are charged with one count each of first-degree murder, forcible rape and statutory rape.


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  • Comments

    8 Responses to “Stepfather David Spears & friend Chris Collings Charged with Rape & Murder of 9 Year Old Rowan Ford (Update: Confession)”

    1. jmmejzz on November 11th, 2007 9:14 pm

      the kind of story that defies comment, just a bit of silent reflection

    2. Allan K on November 11th, 2007 10:16 pm

      Execute them. There is no cure.

    3. brix on November 12th, 2007 12:37 am

      Funny that Collings has pictures of Rowan’s mom all over his my space page…isn’t it?
      Boy..this makes me sick.
      I agree that execution is the solution and if we would quit handling sex offenders with kit gloves and let them roam in our society it would have to be a better place!!!!

    4. Patti on November 12th, 2007 4:46 am

      How disgusting can people be?

      They killed her because she looked up?!?!

      Where is the mother in all of this? She looks like a much older woman than her husband’s 24 years. Is this another case where a man has a relationship or marriage with a woman, only to get to her daughter?

      How many other girls have these two men done this to that didn’t look up?



      I agree… Execute them!!!

    5. Para2legal on November 12th, 2007 5:41 pm

      Rat poison would work nicely for the two lowlife subhumans that did this to a 9 year old CHILD.
      Poor Rowan.

    6. Sandra on November 13th, 2007 6:00 am

      no people, you have it all wrong on these responses here. Castrate these sick perverts and force them to be unprotected among the prison population so the prisoners can torture these perverts to death! Why give these perverts any mercy with a quick death? what those sickos did to that innocent little girl, her horrific rape and murder, these barbaric animals deserve no mercy whatsoever!

    7. tiffany on May 12th, 2009 12:24 am

      I think they should be killed exactly like they killed lil rowan. Theres no need in this. This world has gotten so ridiculous. I think that a psychologist should get in their minds and find the real reason why these to dumb asses would do rape and kill a innocent 9yr old girl.

    8. terry on January 7th, 2013 10:04 pm

      Hello i didnt know Rowan but i used to be married to a friend of her family and i had a daughter that my stepda,d raped and killed and i feel for her and her family and now that those guys that did that will see hard time in prison and see death and be judged by god and be sent to hell where they belong and may God bless the family and friends of Rowan Ford

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