Real Name: Dana Fowler-Satterfield
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Roebuck, South Carolina
Date: July 31, 1995
Details: On July 31, 1995, at around 6:30pm, 27-year-old beauty salon owner Dana Satterfield bought a bottle of cleaning fluid from a door-to-door saleswoman named Shirley, who, about an hour later, arrived back at Dana's salon, saw her cleaning up, and went to two other stores. At 8:30pm, she returned to wait for her ride home when she heard strange noises coming from inside. She then saw the lights turn out, heard a very loud sound, saw a man jump out of one of the windows, and ran for a liquor store to call the police. She ran into the man, and then toward the street to get a motorist to call the police. A deputy sheriff arrived and found Dana's beaten, raped, and strangled body in the closet. Authorities believe that the man was a predator, a possible serial killer who may have stalked her. Another witness, Ken Smith, later came forward and reported that as he was driving by at the time of the murder, he saw a man nearby standing next to his car that he believed was the killer. Despite the witnesses, no one was ever arrested in her murder. A $50,000 reward was being offered for information in the case.
Suspects: Police first suspected that Dana's estranged husband, Mike, was the killer, or that he had hired someone to murder her. However, he did not fit the description of the suspect, and he said that their break up was amicable. He is no longer considered a suspect because the brutal way she was killed did not match a professional hit. A composite was made of the killer, who was 18 to 25 years old, 5'6" to 5'9" tall, 145-170 pounds, and with blond or light brown hair. They believe that he was a repeat offender with a blue Ford Bronco and out of state license plates.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the May 16, 1997 episode.
This case was also profiled on various media, including Forensic Files, On the Case with Paula Zahn, and The Perfect Murder. Dana's murder was also referenced on Disappeared when it profiled the disappearance of Michele Whitaker.
Results: Solved. In 2005 a local man named Jonathan Christian Vick was subsequently implicated in Dana's murder through DNA testing and after a witness came forward claiming that he was going to meet with her on the night of her death. The witness told police that Vick had threatened to kill him if he told anyone about the murder, but he was overcome with remorse years later, after meeting Dana's daughter. Vick was charged with murder, kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct and was given a life sentence. Interestingly, he was a suspect in the 2002 disappearance of Michele Whitaker, until she was found alive and well in 2008. He is also a suspect in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Heather Sellars.
- TV crew filming Paula Zahn show on murder of Roebuck's Dana Satterfield
- Dana Satterfield at Find a Grave