Missouri police suspect that a pregnant woman who was kidnapped while speaking to her fiancé through a phone booth was the victim of a mix-up after she may have been mistaken for the daughter of a law enforcement officer.
Angela Hammond, 20, was kidnapped from a pay phone booth in the city of Clinton on April 4, 1991 while four months pregnant. press release.
The case is one of America’s most infamous cold cases and even featured in an episode of Unsolved Mysteries.
Police disclosed the theory in hopes of getting help solving the cold case, while releasing a chilling ransom-like note received by a confidential informant who “ played a vital role in disrupting a major illegal drug operation. ” .
The ransom note referring to the false identity theory came from the original police file for the Hammond case, but was ignored because the police didn’t know how to connect it to the green 1970s Ford truck that her fiancé Rob Schafer had tried . after hearing her scream on the phone.
The letter was postmarked April 4, 1991, the exact date Angela Hammond was kidnapped late at night. The informant’s wife and his daughter – also called Angela – were living in Clinton, MO at the time, ”police said.
Angela Hammond, 20, was kidnapped from a pay phone booth in the city of Clinton on April 4, 1991 while four months pregnant.
The ransom note referring to the false identity theory came from the original police file for the Hammond case
Marsha Cook, Angela Hammond’s mom, told KCTV she was ‘in shock for several days’
Much of the initial research focused on a green 1970s Ford pickup truck
The message, which uses clippings of letters from magazines and newspapers, is directed to the informant on the number assigned to him to protect his identity from legal proceedings – which was redacted by police.
‘Hey, [redacted]. We know who you are [redacted]. People like you deserve what you get. We know where your fake daughter is. She will see us soon. To tell [redacted] she has our deepest sympathy in her further (sic) loss, ‘reads the note.
The police said KCTV that researchers have been exploring the new theory for years after originally revealing the theory only to Angela’s mother.
Known as ‘Angie’ to her family and friends, Hammond had just graduated from Montrose High School and was ‘well known and popular in Clinton’s small community’ before her disappearance – and there’s been no sign of her since.
Hammond’s fiancée Rob Schafer was on the other side and heard her screaming after telling him she saw a scary car passing her before stopping at her, KCTV reported. He drove to the phone booth and chased the suspected kidnapper’s pickup truck until his transmission went out.
Marsha Cook, Angela Hammond’s mother, told KCTV that she was “in shock for several days.”
‘It took a while before that could happen in such a small town. That’s not something that would happen in Clinton, ”she said.
Angela Hammond may have been mistaken for the daughter of the police informant in another case
Schafer provided police with details of the 1970s model Ford pickup truck with a fish scene in the rear window, which is what much of the early investigation was all about. Schafer had an alibi and passed numerous polygraphs, police noted.
“Hundreds of leads with vehicles matching that description were followed up but never yielded any significant evidence,” police said in the release.
Captain Paul Abbott of the Clinton Police Department called the alleged identity mix-up case “pretty unbelievable.”
When asked if the two women looked alike, he said to the outlet, “There were striking similarities. Very. ‘
Police said in the press release that the case is not yet nailed down – several active and outstanding leads are still being considered.
Police noted, however, that detectives came across information, not provided by the police, that lends credibility to the false theory of identity “and so far has not been able to refute.”
Police said another pause could be taken in the event that an anonymous tipster who contacted them recently contacted them again after providing information about a person police had previously investigated.