Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Timothy Willoughby and his girlfriend Mary Ann Higginbotham, 22, were last seen on June 6, 1978 in Mooresville. The two had been dating for about two years at the time.
Timothy had a criminal record for his involvement in a stolen car ring, and he had also spent some time in jail. But most people who knew him said he'd turned over a new leaf for Mary Ann.
on June 4, 1979, Mary Ann's remains were located inside a 55-gallon industrial drum that had been welded shut, along white lick creek, at the end of sycamore lane in rural Mooresville, Indiana. She was fully clothed and it was immediately clear she had been shot in the back of the head - execution style. Police believed she was murdered a year before at her home in Clayton, Indiana, and then placed in the barrel. Timothy was initially considered a person of interest in her murder.
In 1982 a witness informed police that two men who had believed Tim was going to rat them out for criminal involvement in a car-theft ring had killed the couple - Mary Ann first followed by Tim. She claims the killers told her they shot Tim in the head just a mile from his home and then put his body in a barrel. That barrel has never been found.
Based on this information, the two men were arrested and indicted by a grand jury. But without Tim's body, and with very little physical evidence on which to build a case, prosecutors felt they couldn't move forward, and so the case stalled. The men were eventually released on a technicality related to their constitutional right to a speedy trial - and they have never been brought to justice.
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