Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Ketesia Weathers, went missing May 22, 2007 from Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She had been back in town for a week or two, having returned home from a relatives, in Atlanta, because her grandmother was ill, and in the hospital.
On May 22, she had a hearing at Jefferson County Circuit Court to get a protective order against Mario Scott, for abusing her. Katesia alleged that her boyfriend physically abused her and had threatened her life. Her hearing was scheduled fro 1:30pm, but Ketesia didn't show up. She was last seen about 2:30 p.m. — an hour past her court appointment — walking on W. 16th Street away from her grandmother’s house. and was reportedly going to visit a friend in the area of 17th Avenue and Juniper Street, but never arrived there. Her purse was left at the house.
Later that evening, about 9:15 p.m., the Pine Bluff Fire Department responded to a house fire at 3600 W. Burnett Street, on the southwest corner of the intersection of Peach and Burnett streets. Scott was staying at the house at the time, according to police records. The fire was extinguished. A few hours later, at about 5 a.m. on May 23, the fire department responded to the address again. This time, the fire was “in full free burning,” according to the report. The house was reported as a total loss. The fire was arson and is believed to be set by Scott.
Weathers’ mother filed a missing person’s report on her daughter two days later, on May 25.
Since the beginning of the investigation, the detective division has received information from more than one person stating that Weathers’ body was transported to 695 Addison Road, Tarry, Arkansas, where her remains were burned in a burn barrel. On August 24, 2007, detectives recovered a rug with stains, a red-colored shoe, one roll of 35mm unused film, a burned photograph with “Keisha White” written on the back, a red cloth with metal attached and an Armstrong Forge wooden-handle kitchen knife with a 7 1/2-inch blade. Bones were also recovered for examination, however police believe they may possibly be the bones of dogs; as there were many dead dogs on the property.
Scott entered a plea of no contest to 1st degree murder in Weather's case and was sentenced to 25 years with no possibility of parole. This sentence was on top of the 22 years he received in earlier charges against him for abusing Katesia.
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