On March 3, 2001, two-year-old Ricky Morehouse III and his twin, Reggy, were visiting their mother, Rachel Page (now Rachel Luft) for the weekend at her home in the tiny community of Kent, Iowa. The boys’ dad, Rick Morehouse, Jr., had custody of the toddlers, and they resided with him and Rick’s wife, Robin, about two hours away in Harlan, Iowa.
Kenny Joe Johnson did not have an easy life during his 14 short years on earth. He bounced around from town to town, school to school in Iowa, and suffered from a learning disability. Because of this, he had behavioral problems.
In 1987, Kenny had moved from Davenport, Iowa to New Liberty, Iowa with his mother. His dad resided in Minnesota at the time. Kenny seemed to progress well and seemed happier and more content than he had before. He focused on taking care of the horses, and by doing so, his behavior had improved. All was finally well, it seemed.
In August 1992, 21-year-old Tammy Zywicki and her younger brother, Daren, departed their New Jersey home and headed to the Midwest to attend college.
On August 23rd, Tammy dropped Daren off at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and began the drive to Grinnell College in Iowa.
Later that day, around 5 p.m., an Illinois State Trooper discovered Tammy’s 1985 Pontiac T1000 near Mile Marker 83 along Interstate 80 and ticketed it as being abandoned.