Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Sperry was last seen in Colorado Springs, Colorado on November 10, 1987. She lived with her husband Joseph, who was in the United States Army, and their child in apartments located at East Pikes Peak Avenue in Colorado Springs. Rocio was originally from Louisiana. She spoke Spanish, and her English was not very good. The family moved to Colorado in August 1987. On November 10, her husband took their baby daughter to Florida to visit with his mother. After arriving in Florida, he spoke with Rocio on the telephone as many as three times per day. He last spoke to her on 11/10/87, at approximately 9:30 a.m.
On 11/15/87, Rocio failed to meet her husband at the airport in Denver.
Sperry told police he telephoned a friend who told him Rocio and his car had been gone since Tuesday 11/10/87. Mr. Sperry said when he arrived at his residence, he also found his television was missing. Mr. Sperry said he noticed all of Rocio's clothing was still in the apartment with exception of a sweat suit and a pair of white, high top tennis shoes. But all of her other personal items were still there. Rocio'?s purse containing her identification and passport was still in the apartment. He had left Rocio all of his keys, which included the keys to their 1987 Pontiac Grand Am and their apartment. He then reported Rocio as missing.
Mr. Sperry told detectives he found the vehicle himself during the evening of 11/22/87. The vehicle was parked along a wooden fence which separated the Kwik Stop convenience store and the apartment complex to the immediate south.
In the summer of 2005, a Colorado Springs detective called the Sperry family and said Robert Charles Browne had confessed to strangling Rocio Sperry in 1987. According to Browne, Sperry walked to a Kwik Stop on Murray Boulevard in Colorado Springs where he worked. She told Browne that her husband had taken their baby daughter to Florida, and Browne persuaded her to go to the movies with him.
Browne admitted he strangled Rocio Sperry with his hands and put her body in a trash bin.
Browne, who already was serving a life sentence for the 1991 murder of 13-year-old Heather Dawn Church, confessed in 2006 to Rocio Sperry's murder. He also claims responsibility for the death of Faye Aline Self, and that of 47 other people across the United States. Rocio Sperry's body has never been found.
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