Real Name: Dana Fowler-Satterfield
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Roebuck, South Carolina
Date: July 31, 1995
Details: Twenty-seven-year-old Dana Satterfield owned and operated her own beauty salon off of State Highway 221 in Roebuck, South Carolina. She was also the mother of two children and had recently separated from her husband Mike. At around 6:30PM on July 31, 1995, she bought a bottle of cleaning fluid from a door-to-door saleswoman named Shirley. At 8:11PM, Shirley passed by Dana's salon, saw her cleaning up, and waved to her. She then went to visit two other stores.
At 8:30PM, she returned to the salon 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, and saw a man jump out of one of the windows. She ran to a nearby liquor store to call the police. However, she crossed paths with the man in front of the liquor store. Fearing for her safety, she ran toward the street to flag down a motorist. When that was unsuccessful, she ran to the nearest house and called the police.
A deputy sheriff arrived and found Dana's body in a closet. She had been beaten, raped, and strangled. Authorities ruled out robbery as nothing appeared to have been stolen. Authorities believe that the man was a predator, a possible serial killer who may have stalked her. Another witness, Ken Smith, later came forward. He was driving past the salon at around 8:40PM on the night of the murder when he saw a suspicious man nearby. The man was standing next to a car and gave him a dirty look. Based on the time frame and description, it is believed that he 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. However, he noted that their breakup was amicable. Also, he did not fit the description of the suspect. They also looked into the possibility that he had hired someone to murder her. However, they could find no evidence to support the theory. He is no longer considered a suspect because the brutal way she was killed did not match a professional hit.
They suspect that the killer may have stalked Dana. They believe he was a predator, possibly a serial killer. A composite was made of the suspect, who was eighteen to twenty-five years old, 5'6" to 5'9" tall, 145-170 pounds, 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. After investigating thousands of leads, in October of 2005, authorities arrested a local man named Jonothan Christian Vick and charged him with Dana's murder. Authorities had investigated Vick back in 1995, but did not have enough evidence to connect him until a witness came forward. The witness claimed that back in 1995, Vick had told him that he was going to meet with Dana 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. DNA testing linked him to the crime. Vick also matched the physical description of the suspect and owned a Ford Bronco. He was charged with murder, kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct. In 2006, he was convicted of the charges and given a life sentence. In 2010, he was placed on prison lockdown after he assaulted another inmate. He will not be eligible for parole until 2035.
Interestingly, Vick 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.
- Dana Satterfield on Unsolved Archive
- Satterfield was raped during attack
- Investigators crack 10-year-old homicide
- Vick gets life in prison
- A case finally put to rest
- Satterfield killer Jonothan Vick put in lockdown
- TV crew filming Paula Zahn show on murder of Roebuck's Dana Satterfield
- Dana Satterfield at Find a Grave