Nine Year Anniversary Nears for Hawlett/Beasley Murder

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Friday marks the nine year anniversary of the deaths of Northview High School teens, J.B. Beasly and Tracie Hawlett.

It was July 31st 1999 when the two girls, just about to enter their senior year in high school, were found murdered. Their bodies were found in the trunk of their vehicle in Ozark.

Authorities are continuing to try and crack the case.

It’s a grim reminder to many here in Ozark of the tragic events that took place nine years ago.

And, with the anniversary date here, law enforcement authorities say it provides more inspiration for them to try and crack the case.

Ozark Police Dept. Chief Tony Spivey said, "I firmly believe that there's someone, somewhere, I don't know where, but they got the absolute piece to this puzzle.”

Authorities say they have been working day and night on this case.

Throughout the nine year span, officials say they have received leads both in state and out of state.

"We have done interviews with several people that were persons of interest from information that we were given. From the prison systems, we actually visited there, done interviews, again they didn't pan out," Chief Spivey said.

Unfortunately, that's been the case for many of the leads.

And, while many around the area feel authorities have put the case on the shelf to gather dust, officials say that's far from reality.

"I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that is not the case,” Chief Spivey reassured. “The public would actually be amazed at the work that is done on this case weekly."

Authorities say they are ready to see this case closed, to bring closure for both law enforcement and family members.

"One of the things that really bothers me is I cannot give answers to the family members, as well to find out who done it. You know, there is a killer running around there and we would like to put him where he belongs,” Chief Spivey concluded.

We spoke with Chief Spivey on Thursday and he says while the leads so far have been disappointing, they believe that one day they'll get a lead that "will" help them solve this murder mystery.

There is a vigil planned for the victims, J.B. Beasly and Tracie Hawlett tonight at 6 p.m. on Herring Street in Ozark.

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