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A classmate and a friend.

Miss Teresa Sue “Tess” Hilt

Loving the music

Tessie Hilt was the first person I met arriving on campus the first day of freshman year, 1970 at Northwest Missouri State College. She was very kind. She helped me through enrollment, orientation and ‘freshman fright’. Tess became a ‘pal’ and a good friend. She was a small girl with a big smile and even bigger laugh.

Tess was strangled and stabbed to death in her off campus apartment in Maryville Missouri, August 4, 1973. This crime has never been solved.

Tess should be a grandmother now. She should have a family, good friends and a beautiful life. And, her mother should have her only daughter, her only child, here to help in her advanced years.

Someone knows who hurt and killed her. You could come forward now and solve this case. After all these years, you could bring peace to Tess’ Mom and all the friends who miss her.

If you know anything, remember anything or even suspect anything that can help please let us know. Comment here privately and confidentially. Or at –  Thanks.

  1. Great website and beautiful pictures. I have added this website to my blogroll on DCC.

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  2. This is a topic that is near to my heart…
    Thank you! Exactly where are your contact details

  3. John Michael Steele permalink

    IMO, I believe John “Joe duck” Felton, N.W. MO Drug King Pin, had something to do with her murder.. Always have. His rich and politically influential Father, Curly Felton, kept John out of prison by keeping renowned, St. Joseph, criminal defense attorney, Ted Cranitz on retainer.


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