SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- New details are coming to light about the unsolved murders of a couple from rural Greene County last year. Court documents about the investigation are now public after being sealed for more than a year. The documents detail the first few months of the investigation after Rusty and Rebecca Porter disappeared from their home northeast of Willard in April 2011.
An investigator's report puts a potential suspect, on the night of the disappearances, near the location in Taney County where the bodies of Rusty and Rebecca Porter were found in July 2011. The documents indicate Tony Friend was traced to the site in Taney County by cellular telephone records.
Tony Friend is in the Greene County jail on unrelated drug charges. A federal search warrant affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in May identified Friend as a suspect for the murders.
The briefcase contained, among other things, a surgical knife, shotgun ammunition, an inert hand grenade, salt and pepper shakers, family pictures, and three toy cars. Among the 200 or so items collected from the Porters’ home were a bullet shell casing, cigarette butts on the ground outside the home, nine computers, three video cameras that were part of a security system, plumbing traps, a coffee pot filter, a vacuum cleaner dust canister, and a lint trap from the clothes dryer.