(08/31/2006)
Psychic called upon to locate missing woman

By David Hedges Publisher
Times Record-Roane County Reporter

The father of a woman missing four years now is hoping a psychic will lead authorities to her body.

Christian Dawn Starcher Seabolt was last seen four years ago today, on Aug. 31, 2002.

She was 18 years old when she left her mother's apartment on Main Street in Spencer to get a pack of cigarettes. She has not been heard from since.

Her father, Jesse "Moe" Starcher of Spencer, gave up hope a long time ago that his daughter is still alive.

Now his only hope is that her remains will be found, and the person responsible for her death will be brought to justice.

Starcher said a psychic contacted by the missing woman's mother has provided information about where the body might be located.

"Without a body, the police don't have a case," said Starcher. "If they find her, I think they will make several arrests."

State Police Sgt. J.E. Elmore, who is heading up the investigation, did not immediately return calls about the case. Elmore was not working in the area at the time of the woman's disappearance, but took over the case three years ago, not long after he was assigned to the Spencer detachment.

Elmore has spoken about the case in the past, and said the investigation remains active. Although no charges have been filed in connection with the woman's disappearance, he said the investigation has resulted in federal drug charges against several people.

Cadaver dogs have been used to search several locations where the woman's body might be buried, but without success, Elmore has said in previous interviews.

The woman's father said finding the body is critical to convicting the killer.

"They know who did it," Moe Starcher said. "They just need to find her before they can do anything."

Starcher is upset because he has not been allowed to listen to a 911 tape he says is of his daughter calling to speak with a police officer the day she disappeared.

"She called to speak with (former Spencer City Police officer) Huston Eads," Starcher said. "She called back a few minutes later and told him to hurry. That's the last anybody ever heard from her."

Starcher said he has consulted with a lawyer, but still cannot get a copy of the tape.

"It's sad it has to be this way," he said. "There's nothing I can do about it but wait."

Starcher said not a day goes by that he doesn't think about his daughter, who would be 22 if she were alive.

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