On the night of February 23, 2005, 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford vanished from her Homosassa, Florida home.
When her father, Mark Lunsford, woke the next morning and discovered she wasn’t in her bed, a massive search began—one that would end tragically three weeks later when her body was found buried about 100 yards away outside a neighbor’s home, wrapped in garbage bags and holding her stuffed toy dolphin.
The neighbor’s half-brother, convicted sex offender John Evander Couey, was convicted of Jessica’s murder and sentenced to death. He died of natural causes in prison in 2009.
The day after he reported his only daughter missing, Nancy Grace spoke Mark Lunsford for the first time.