Investigation Discovery’s ‘OnThe Case With Paula Zahn: Shadowy Figures’ delves deep into a 3-decade old case that essentially emphasizes the importance of both hope as well as family. AfterIt also explores the heartbreaking 1988 homicide of Gayle BarrusThe case was closed with a focus on the simple efforts of her children. So now, if you wish to learn the details about the same, including the victim’s background, the evidence available, the assailant’s motives, and its overall aftermath, we’ve got you covered.
How Did Gayle Barrus Die?
At30 is the average age Gayle BarrusShe was a loving, caring single mother to her three children. She was also social, enthusiastic and unflagging in her professional pursuits. She served as a waitress in at least two establishments, sometimes even working double shifts to make ends meet, yet she still managed to find time for herself — a fact well-known in the community. That’s why her spending roughly an hour at Speed’s Koffee ShopFollowing her shift at a bar nearby in the early hours of the morning, October988 was not a surprise deal.
However, GayleIt was memorable because she wore a distinctive sweater and shared a booth with two men until she left around 3:30 a.m. She never returned home. It truly wasn’t like her not to be there for her children on the weekends, so as soon as the minors spoke to neighbors on Sunday evening, they didn’t hesitate to call 911 and file a missing person’s report.
ForThe next 16 days were spent in extensive searching for the missing person. GayleIn Battle Creek, MichiganHowever, it was only her cold remains that were retrieved from the grave. River RoadIn Emmett Township. SheIn fact, she was found with her sweater pulled up, her pants pulled down, and 12 stab wounds (some fatal), across the stomach and upper back. As if that’s not enough, she also had defensive injuries to indicate she’d fought for her life until the end, according to her autopsy report.
Who Killed Gayle Barrus?
OnceInvestigative work began and it was revealed that Gayle’s vehicle had been outside Speed’s Koffee ShopIt was thought that it had just broken down until someone called and requested it be impounded. The connection to her having gone missing had not been made until this point, meaning the eventual unfruitful forensic analysis was also crucial — it practically indicated that Gayle hadn’t even made it to her car on October 9, 1988.
The two men were the focus of the inquiry. GayleWas last seen with, especially when a waitress revealed that they had left right after she. No concrete leads came to light concerning them back then, but someone had called in to divulge that they’d seen the victim possibly arguing with a male next to a green pick-up truck mere yards away from the crime scene. What’s more important is that their description of the male matched one of the men in question; yet again, owing to a lack of clear identification, the case went cold.
Around Gayle’s 30th death anniversary, one of her sons called the Battle Creek Police DepartmentShe asked for her case to be reopened and was surprised to find that people were already working towards it. There was a lot of biological evidence since she’d been sexually assaulted, but it turned out that it had never actually been tested against the most likely suspect, then-24-year-old Roger Plato. The reason for this was DNA samples from him weren’t available, that is, until a routine audit in another county yielded one. TheThe resulting testing led to a match almost perfect in 2021.
“ThereThere is more evidence than enough to charge and bring to trial Roger PlatoFor the kidnapping and rape of Gayle Barrus,” Calhoun County Prosecutor David GilbertHis official ruling. “There is no indication they knew each other prior to her death and no explanation as to why his DNA would be in her underwear except due to criminality.”
Is Roger Plato Dead or Alive?
UnfortunatelyFor Gayle Barrus’ family, Roger Allan PlatoBecause he died two day before her body was discovered, it is impossible to change his connection to her death. October 23, 1988. Owing to his green pick-up truck, he’d been identified as a suspect in another sexual assault case altogether, but when officers approached him for questioning, he refused to cooperate. The struggle continued and a detective shot and killed him. WeThis case had been occurring for two weeks before. Gayle’s disappearance.
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