When a young Missouri woman is abducted from a cemetery and murdered, her violent death haunts her rural community. The Ozark Mountains overshadow a heartbreaking mystery in this episode of Last Seen Alive.
Kelle Ann Workman was 24 years old whenever she was abducted and murdered from a cemetery where she worked in Dogwood, MO on July 30th, 1989. A 1991 newspaper displays a quote from Highway Patrol Sgt. Tom Martin regarding Kelle’s murder. Pictured: Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church and its cemetery, which Kelle was abducted from while mowing. The job had been passed down through generations of her family. Pictured: the cemetery Kelle was abducted from, which lies along State Highway Z. Image from Google Maps.
Sources used to research this episode:
Kelle Ann Workman (Find A Grave)
Report: Kelle’s Killer(s) Can Still Be Caught (Webster County Citizen / Fred Spriggs)
Untitled July 6, 1989 Article (Douglass County Herald)
Unsolved Slaying Haunts Family (Springfield News Leader, 1990, via Newspapers.com)
24 Year Old Woman Missing Since Friday (Douglas County Herald, 1989, via Newspapers.com)
Body of Missing Woman Found in Christian County (Douglas County Herald, 1989, via Newspapers.com)
Slaying Suspect Sticks by Alibi in Workman Case (Springfield News Leader, 1995, via Newspapers.com)
July 1996 Article (Springfield News Leader, 1996, via Newspapers.com)
Tommy Lyn Sells (Serial Killer Information Center, Radford University / Dr Mike Aamodt)
If you know anything about the abduction and murder of Kelle Ann Workman, please call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department at 417-683-1020, or submit a tip to the FBI at fbi.gov/tips.