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Carson Prince

Real Name: Carson Prince
Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Date: April 28, 1999

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Details: Carson Prince grew up in Maumelle, Arkansas, the oldest of Tom and Suzanne Prince's three children. When she was thirteen, her parents divorced and she was deeply affected, but she overcame her problems and eventually got a scholarship to the University of Arkansas, and during her sophmore year, she left school and moved in with her father. On April 28, 1999, she told him that she planned to pick up registration forms for the university where she planned to re-enroll in the fall, and according to the housekeeper, she left around 11:45am. At around 12:15pm, a number of 911 calls reported a speeding white Ford pickup truck that was swerving eratically along the Arkansas River Bridge on Interstate 85 near Little Rock, and that the female passenger was struggling with the male driver to get out of it. As horrified witnesses watched, the young woman was thrown out of the vehicle as it was going more than 70 miles per hour, and she was soon rushed to the hospital with massive head injuries. She was soon identified as Carson and her parents were notified. Tragically, just hours later, she died from her injuries. Arkansas State Police discovered her Ford Bronco alongside Interstate 430, just a half a mile from where she was thrown out of the vehicle and the gas tank was completely empty. Strangely, less than a half hour after she left, she was apparently heading in the opposite direction of her errands, on her way back home. A gas station was within walking distance, and her next move did not make sense to her parents. Witnesses reported that a young white male with a white Ford pickup truck was parked next to her car, and the two were engaging in a conversation, and he was holding a gas can. Her family does not believe that she would have gotten into the truck if the man was a stranger, so they believe that she was either forced into it or she knew her assailant. Authorities soon learned that she had a stormy relationship with a man who was a suspected drug dealer, and may have used her car for his deliveries. The day before she died, she arrived at her mother's home, upset that her boyfriend had been arrested on drug charges and she believed that Suzanne, a deputy district attorney, was involved in his arrest. Suzanne, who was not involved in the case, asked her daughter to leave because she feared that the boyfriend may have been outside. Just 12 hours later, she was killed. Although authorities have cleared her boyfriend in her death, some believe it is possible that his drug dealing lead to it. Others believe that she may have been fleeing a stalker, but authorities believe that she simply ran out of gas at the wrong place at the wrong time. Her whereabouts are unknown.
Suspects: Carson's boyfriend was initially considered a suspect in the case, but has since been cleared. The suspect drove a white Ford pickup truck with the word "FORD" painted in red on its tailgate. It had an Arkansas license plate with the numbers "274" and the suspect was described as a white male in his twenties, with medium height and sandy brown or blonde hair. He has never been found.

Stephen talley

Stephen Talley

Extra Notes: This case first aired on the August 23, 2002 episode.
Results: Solved. In October 2004, Stephen Talley walked into the Perry County Sheriff's Department and confessed that he had pushed Carson out of his truck in a bungled attempt to abduct and rape her. He also admitted to murdering 16-year-old Barbara Leggitt and her 25-year-old boyfriend, Christopher Barnes, who vanished on June 21, 1999. He was found shot to death a few weeks later, but there was no sign of her until 2004 when Talley confessed and led police to her skeletal remains. He pled guilty to all three murders and received a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
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