POLICE SEARCH FOR BONNE TERRE COUPLE
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Sunday, September 26, 1993
Author: By Carolyn Tuft ; Of the Post-Dispatch Staff
Police searched by helicopter Saturday for a rural Bonne Terre, Mo., couple missing since Tuesday. The woman's last words on the phone to her daughter were: "I hear some gunshots outside; I have to go."
The daughter thought nothing of her mother's comment; gunshots are common in the rural area, said St. Francois County Sheriff Dan Bullock.
The couple - Charles Lewis , 67, and Grace Lewis, 62, were reported missing Wednesday by the daughter when they failed to pick her up as promised.
Bullock said when police visited the Lewises' 460-acre farm, they found an unlocked door, lights left burning, a purse containing cash on the table, a pot of soaking beans sitting on the stove and Grace Lewis' numerous prescription medicines.
The couple's 1988 white GMC 4-wheel drive pickup with a camper shell was missing. The pickup's license plate number is MJ8-763.
Before the disappearance "there was no indication of problems. They were in town at the grocery store and the pharmacy," Bullock said. "Some neighbors saw them driving home in their car, honking and waving like they normally do."
Police have combed the farm on foot, and a Highway Patrol helicopter crew searched the area on Saturday.
"Just to add to our dilemma, torrential rains washed all our hopes to find tire tracks or footprints away, even if there were any," Bullock said. "We're really puzzled about this one."
Police ask anyone with information to call 756-3252 or 431-5544.
Charles Lewis is about 5 feet 10 inches, 170 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Grace Lewis is about 5 feet 6 inches, 140 pounds, with black hair and blue eyes.