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New details emerge on search for killer of Rusty, Becky Porter near Willard

Search warrant documents indicate a suspect was traced by cell phone records to the site of the bodies.

July 20, 2012|by KY3 News | news@ky3.com

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 documents also detail conversations between investigators and a jail house informant who says Friend admitted to the inmate that he caused the Porters' deaths and how he transported their bodies.  The documents also list potential evidence that investigators found when they searched the Porters’ home and what they found in a briefcase belonging to Friend.  Friend gave that briefcase to someone else, along with the code to get into it, and told that person to keep it for him, but not to look into it.

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.


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