Real Name: Elmer Dell DeBoer
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Waterford, Michigan
Date: 11 May 1987
Details: Thirty-eight-year-old Elmer Deboer was an oil company courier with a wife and three children. In 1987, he befriended a gas station employee named Missy Munday. He picked up money from her store each week. He did not know that she was a runaway and that her boyfriend Jerry Strickland was a wanted fugitive.
On the morning of May 11, 1987, Elmer came to pick up the money from Missy's store. He was near the end of his route. He was never seen alive again. An hour later at 11AM, the station was discovered deserted and the front door locked. His car was still in the parking lot. Inside, the safe was found opened and over $10,000 was missing. Authorities believe that Missy and Jerry robbed Elmer when he entered the store and opened the safe. They believe Jerry handcuffed Missy and Elmer together, to make him believe that she was also a victim. They then took him to a wooded area a few miles away. There, Jerry unlocked the handcuff from her arm to show that he wasn't going to hurt her. He then shot Elmer twice in the back of the head. His body was found there the next day, twenty miles from the station.
The morning after the murder, Jerry and Missy were seen in Pontiac, Michigan, where they bought a truck using small bills. For two hours, she sat with an auto salesman alone but did not tell him about the murder. This led authorities to believe that she was willingly involved in Elmer's murder. Her family and friends are shocked that she could be involved in such a crime. Jerry is wanted for armed robbery, kidnapping, and murder, while Missy is currently wanted for questioning in the case.
Suspects: Jerry Strickland and Missy Munday
Extra Notes: This case first aired as a part of Special #7 on February 5, 1988.
Results: Solved. Within minutes of the broadcast, twenty viewers called the police to report that Missy and Jerry were living in Moses Lake, Washington. Seven hours later, the couple was arrested at a friend's house. Incredibly, they had watched the broadcast and were waiting for the police to arrive.
During the time on the run, the couple had another child. On February 12, they were extradited back to Michigan to stand trial for armed robbery, kidnapping, and murder. Jerry was interviewed by Unsolved Mysteries and insisted that they were innocent. However, Missy later turned state's evidence against him. At Jerry's trial, she stated that although she didn't witness the murder, he confessed to the crime to her. In exchange for her testimony, the murder and kidnapping charges were dropped. She served seven months in a juvenile home for armed robbery and was released when she turned nineteen. She then moved back in with her parents and children. Jerry was convicted of murder, kidnapping, and armed robbery and is serving two consecutive life sentences without parole.
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