In September 1985, the nearly naked body of 16-year-old Kimberly Simon was found by police along Mohawk River in Whitesboro, New York. The teen had been beaten, raped, and strangled to death. Police arrested 19-year-old Steven Barnes who spent nearly 20 years in prison for her murder until DNA proved his innocence. He was released from prison in 2008 and exonerated of all charges in early 2009. The real killer (or killers) remains free.
19-year-old David Vernon Lovely disappeared in Wyoming while traveling cross-country with his family in 1985. He has never been found.
About the Case
In August 1985, David Lovely, 19, was traveling from California to Massachusetts on a cross-county move with his mother, Jackie Aubut, and his 18-year-old sister, Alison Lovely. Alison and Jackie were driving the yellow Ryder truck, and David was riding his motorcycle. Jackie and Alison checked on David every 30 miles.
On Sunday, July 21, 1985, 15-year-old Kristina, “Kristy”, Wesselman walked to a local grocery store in unincorporated Glen Ellyn, Illinois to buy some candy before spending the day watching old movies with her mother, Sandy.
“I watched her go out the door, and I said, ‘Be careful, princess. I love you.’ Little did I know that those were the last words I would ever say to my daughter,” her mother, Sandy Wesselman said.