STUTTGART (KATV) — Saturday marks the fifth anniversary of the disappearance of Cassie Compton from her home in Stuttgart.
Members of the Stuttgart community said things have quieted down since Compton first disappeared in 2014. But they still know her name and still wonder what happened to her.
“I just pray to God that she’s found,” said James Steve Sherman, former neighbor to the Compton family.
You can still see missing posters plastered on store walls in Stuttgart.
“It hurts,” Sherman said. “You look for answers and you look for closure, and her mom hasn’t got any of that yet.”
Compton disappeared five years ago from the town. She was 15 years old.
“It affected it hard for a while,” Sherman said. “But after five years it’s settled down a little bit, but we never forgot.”
Sherman said he lives down the road from Compton’s old home.
“I’d come around and she’d be out there playing, her and her friends,” he said.
Police said that the house was the last place she was seen.
“She’s gone five years and still nobody knows anything,” Donna Herrington said.
People who live in the community said Compton’s disappearance changed Stuttgart forever.
“We are really overprotective of letting our daughter even walk down to a neighbor’s house because you hear about it every day,” Herrington said.
After five years, many said they’re still hoping someone will find her.
“If she’s still out there anywhere, we’d like her back,” Sherman said.
KATV has been following Compton’s mysterious disappearance.
Now after five years of loose ends, a grieving family and a prime suspect who is ready to talk bring KATV reporter Kaila Lafferty inside the case.
A three-part series debuts Monday at 10 p.m. on KATV.
A six-part podcast, “Timeline: The Disappearance of Cassie Compton,” is available now. Click here to listen.