Hawlett-Beasley Murder Case

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

Ozark Police are teaming up with a nationally recognized cold case investigator for the murder case of J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett.

Police say it's “very possible" they could generate more leads in this case, leading to a suspect. However, it's still going to take quite some time.

To remind you of what happened, J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett were found shot in the truck of a car in Ozark in August 1999.

Police have not found the person behind the murder.

Now, the Ozark Police Department is teaming up with Richard Walters, a national cold case investigator.

Walters has a strong record of helping police departments come up with new ideas.

Investigators say there are some possible mistakes that the murderer may have made, which need further exploration.

“He gave us some new direction,” Ozark Police Department Chief Tony Spivey said. “He saw some things that we needed to expand on, some new direction we needed to go in and of course we're doing that now.”

After a couple of months of heavy investigations, police say they are going to take what they've uncovered back to Walters to help bring a close to this tragedy.

Police say they hope to identify a suspect within a few months. Right now however, nothing new has been uncovered.


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  • by Jenny Location: Cowarts on Jan 12, 2010 at 06:56 PM
    I pray that they find the person or persons who did that. I know the families of the victims need closure.
  • by Elana Location: Enterprise AL on Apr 3, 2008 at 05:50 PM
    I use to stay in Ozark and thats where I grew up all my life. I was also 17 at the time of the murders. It makes me sick to know someone would do something like this. Its also scary because who ever done this is still out there and has gotten away with 2 murders.. I feel that it will be solved oneday. The police need to step up and do their jobs in order to solve this case. The family has done more than the police
  • by Erik Location: Onalaska, WA on Oct 29, 2007 at 10:21 PM
    I believe that I may have some questions/comments of value for the investigation into these murders. I have tried to e-mail the ozark police, but it seems impossible to do. I believe that they are withholding too much information about the case. More details about the crime to the public would help in this case, for instance: The time that they had left their homes, the time that they were last seen at the store, if their car was disabled where it was found, did they find trace evidence to indicate more than one individual involved, was the DNA recovered linked to a certain race? Were they robbed of any of their possessions?, was there a struggle in the car?, or signs of a struggle? Where was their last stop for gas, and how much was left in the tank when the bodies were found? Why are there allegations of police corruption in the Ozark Police Department? Were there any life insurance policies out on the victims? Has the weapon been linked to any other crimes. Or DNA for that matter?
  • by Frank Location: NJ on Aug 22, 2007 at 01:07 AM
    Vengence is mine says The Lord! No one gets away with anything...
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