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Eight Years Since Ozark Double Homicide

By: Lauren Davis Email
By: Lauren Davis Email

Eight years have passed since two Dothan teenage girls were shot and killed in Ozark.

Investigators continue to look for the person or persons responsible.

On August 1st, 1999 Ozark investigators found the bodies of Northview High School students Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley in the trunk of a car on Herring Street.

They had been shot to death.

Since then, Ozark investigators along with state and federal investigators have searched for clues but nothing has turned up.

A month after the double homicide, John William Barrentine was arrested for the crime, but later released after the grand jury didn't feel there was enough evidence.

Since that time, police have searched nationwide for similar suspects but no DNA matches have panned out.

So, where does Ozark Police go from here?

They continue to meet and investigate new leads. In fact, Attorney General Troy King's Cold Case Commission will try to crack the case.

However, it's their hope whoever committed this horrible crime will come forward.

Until then, Ozark Police will remain committed to solving the case and finding answers for the slain girls' families.

The double murders have received national attention.

Chief Spivey says America’s Most Wanted is scheduled to air an episode on the murders this weekend.

Court TV will be airing a segment about the murders called "Haunting Evidence" on August 15th.

If you have any information about the 1999 Ozark murders, call 334-774-2644.


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