We followed this poor girls abduction for a week, all the time thinking the stepdad had to have something to do with this. Any Mo girls know anything more? The Joplin paper has done a great job of getting information out. I only pray that justice is swift and that the general population in prison may deal the final hand when they are convicted. There is nothing that can defend this horrific act. May this sweet child rest at the knee of God. There are several links to the story in the newspaper web page, some are graffic. http://www.joplinglobe.com/local/local_story_314144210.html/resources_printstory 1:37 p.m. 11/10/07 Sheriff: 9 year old sexually assaulted, strangled to death STELLA, Mo. Two men have been charged today with murder and rape in the death of a 9-year-old Stella girl whose body was find in a cave on Friday. Barry County prosecutors charged Rowan Fords 24-year-old stepfather, David Spears, and his friend, Chris Collings, 32, with one count each of first-degree murder, forcible rape and statutory rape. The girl was taken from her Newton County home on Nov. 2. Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly said autopsy reports are still pending, but preliminary indications are the girl was strangled to death before her body was dumped in the cave in rural McDonald County. One of my investigators said she was obviously strangled, Epperly said. Rowan Fords disappearance from her home in Stella last week sparked a massive search by dozens of officers from three counties and special agents from the FBI.. Her body was found early Friday near Powell. Authorities arrested Spears and Collings last night. Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland said his office expects to file charges against the two men later this week. Right now, the main deal is the charges in Barry County, he said. Copyright © 1999-2006 cnhi, inc.