After draining seven-years of the pond in which his body was dumped, a Missouri mom will be able finally to put her son to sleep.
Connie Goodwin and her grandson Gage Goodwin recovered the remains of Edward Goodwin, Gage’s father, from the bottom of a pond in Poplar Bluff Saturday, the local publication Riverfront Times reported.
Edward Goodwin’s partial remains had been sitting underneath the murky water since he was killed by two former friends in the summer of 2015.
His killers Eldred Smith and Ricky Hurt — who are each serving time for the murder — tied cinder blocks to the 32-year-old’s body and tossed it into the unnamed pond off County Road 572, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Department.
According to the Daily American Republic, this was due to an alleged illegal drug transaction that caused a rift between the parties.
Two years after the murder, in November 2017, the sheriff department drained a portion of the pound and spotted partial remains they were able to identify as Edward Goodwin’s.
Investigators found a pelvis as well as femurs that were sufficient to convict Smith and Hurt of murder.
Connie Goodwin, 57, said the sheriff’s department promised they would return and finish the job to collect the rest of her son, but years passed with new excuses each time, she told the Riverfront Times.
“There was always a reason. Either because of other crimes going on or the weather,”She said.
Sheriff Deputies went back to Edward Goodwin’s pond last fall to drain the water, but they were not able to get enough water out to save the remainder of Edward Goodwin.
Over the weekend, Connie and Gage Goodwin — unable to get closure knowing his remains were still in the pond — decided to continue the recovery effort themselves.
They rented a sump pump and started pumping water out of the pond — which had exponentially shrunk in size from prior efforts.
The two men noticed bones growing from the mud after just an hour and called the local coroner.
Gage Goodwin, who was 15 at the time of his dad’s murder, ran out to the center of the muddy swamp to collect his father’s remains.
“The next thing you know, my grandson, he’s tall and slender-built, took off in a running stance through that mud,” Connie Goodwin said. “It was up to his knees.”
Jim Akers, a 22-year old Butler County Coroner, carefully removed the bones from the mud. He then placed the remains in a kayak so that they could be safely returned to shore.
It was difficult but it provided closure for the family.
“It was a sad day. It was a joyful day, too, because we could bring our son home,” Connie Goodwin said.
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